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.
Key dates from the 2016-2017 timeline are:
We’ll judge projects on the basis of the quality improvement focus outlined in our QI Proposal Review Tool. Factors include:
We also consider prior experience of the faculty mentor and team leader.
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:
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.
You must create a single PDF document package, which should not exceed a total of 10 pages. Be sure to include these four elements:
By November 1, 2016, send your complete PDF application package to: