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Health Care Safety and Quality Improvement the Focus of DMC QuESST Competition

Yesterday, the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) recognized the winners of its sixth annual Quality Education and Safe Systems Training (QuESST) Graduate Medical Education Research Day competition.


This year's first place winners and their project titles were: Dr. Fazeena Shanaz, ”A quality improvement initiative to lower hba1c and to improve outcomes in patients with uncontrolled diabetes mellitus in the outpatient primary care clinic;”; Dr. Allie Dakroub, “Patient Centered Interdisciplinary Bed Rounding”; and Medical Student Mohamed Salar, “Analyzing Risk Factors for Surgical Site Infection in Robotic-assisted Arthroplasty Knee Surgeries: A Case-Control Study.”

QuESST is a comprehensive program designed to increase the knowledge and application of patient safety best practices and quality improvement methods of DMC's Graduate Medical Education (GME) program participants. Each year, QuESST sponsors a conference highlighting more than 100 quality improvement projects produced by its participants. This year, 92 residents and fellows and 15 medical students from 42 programs at the DMC presented before Wayne State University School of Medicine and Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty judges.

"Our GME trainees’ persistence in asking the tough questions that will drive solutions for providing the safest and highest quality care for every patient who comes through our doors is what makes our annual QuESST program so successful," says Heidi Kromrei, PhD, assistant vice president of Academic Affairs at the DMC.

The 2017 QuESST GME Resident Research Day showcased projects that recognized a variety of patient safety and quality improvement efforts conducted in clinical settings throughout the DMC over the past year.

"Our QuESST participants have historically made significant contributions at the DMC," says Dr. Suzanne White, DMC CAO and CMO. "Their high impact work has translated to better care for patients, families and the community at large."

During the half-day event, students discussed their projects with other students, residents, faculty and hospital administrators who, in turn, offered thoughtful feedback regarding opportunity for project expansion or enhancement. The QuESST program is designed to assist medical students and residents in further developing critical thinking and medical knowledge application while strengthening their leadership, communication and collaboration skills.