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GME Quality Improvement Awards

To promote a scholarly environment that encourages intellectual curiosity and promotes excellent patient care, the UB Graduate Medical Dental Education Program (UBGMDE) offers Quality Improvement Awards, providing up to $3,000 to support team-driven projects.

Resident/faculty teams can apply for one of up to seven awards for projects designed to improve patient safety by measuring outcomes and using quality improvement methods.

UBGMDE prioritizes projects that focus on health disparities, high value care, patient satisfaction and communication, patient safety and individual hospital outpatient and inpatient quality improvement issues. 

Proposals should also consider how the project addresses the six dimensions for quality improvement proposed by the Institute of Medicine: safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, timeliness, efficiency and equity.


  • Projects must be developed and conducted by research teams of residents or fellows in collaboration with faculty.
  • The team leader must be an active resident for the entire duration of the award.
  • At least one team leader for each project must attend — or have completed in the past — the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (C-QuIPS) training course offered annually at UB in October and December. If no team leader has previously attended, please register for the upcoming sessions. Learn about registration details for 2015.


Key dates from the 2015-2016 timeline are:

  • September 15, 2015: Completed application packets are due to the office of Graduate Medical Education.
  • September 30, 2015: We notify award recipients.
  • April 30, 2016: Present a poster at Scholarly Exchange Day.

Review Process

We’ll judge projects on the basis of the quality improvement focus outlined in our QI Proposal Review Tool. Factors include:

  • definition of the problem
  • identification of key stakeholders
  • evidence of root cause analysis
  • choice of quality improvement project
  • potential interventions
  • proposed intervention
  • implementation and evaluation of the intervention

We also consider prior experience of the faculty mentor and team leader.

Funding Details

Up to $1000 will be distributed to the university department in support of activities related to the project. The exact method of disbursement will be determined with the department chair. These funds may be used to cover costs associated with project design and implementation. Such costs may include, but are not limited to:

  • purchase of supplies or materials
  • conference presentation or presentation expenses
  • outside consulting services such as statistical analyses, technical assistance
  • patient education tools
  • support of protected time for faculty

Payment will be made to the university department in two installments: 75 percent at the start of the project and the remainder upon the project’s completion and our receipt of the final report.

Up to $2000 will be available for one resident or fellow team member to present findings at a national or regional conference. These funds will be accessible through the GME office, following standard UB reimbursement practices. Preapproval should be sought to ensure compliance with guidelines. Original receipts, confirmations and other documentation will be required.

Application Requirements

You must create a single PDF document package, which should not exceed a total of 10 pages. Be sure to include these four elements:

  • completed application form
  • narrative proposal: a narrative document that addresses all components described on our QI Proposal Review Tool
  • faculty mentor’s one- or two-page CV or NIH Biosketch showing evidence of or potential for QI project mentoring
  • letters of support from quality improvement officers of clinical facilities where projects will occur

By September 15, 2015, send your complete PDF application package to:

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Susan M. Orrange

Director of Education and Resident Support Services

Graduate Medical Education

113 Cary Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6129; Fax: (716) 829-3999


GME QI Awards News

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University at Buffalo residents and fellows are teaming up with faculty mentors to explore new ways of providing better health care.

A psychiatry resident/faculty team received a Quality Improvement Award from the Office of Graduate Medical Education to help support a project designed to improve patient care or clinical practice.


Two internal medicine resident/faculty teams received Quality Improvement Awards from the Office of Graduate Medical Education.


Seven resident-faculty teams have received Quality Improvement Awards from the Office of Graduate Medical Education.