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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 five awards for projects designed to improve patient safety by measuring outcomes and using quality improvement methods.

UBGDME prioritizes projects that focus on handoffs—shift to shift, inpatient to outpatient, one service to another and so on—patient safety and individual hospital QI issues such as reducing blood transfusions, physician performance in delivering care, documentation needs, etc.


  • Research teams may include both residents and faculty.
  • The team leader must be an active resident for the entire duration of the award. UBGDME encourages senior residents to serve as co-investigators with junior colleagues.


  • March 2014: Applications due to the office of Graduate Medical Education
  • April/May 2015: Present a poster at Scholarly Exchange Day

Review Process

Projects will be judged on these primary factors:

  • the basis of the QI focus, giving priority to those projects addressing handoffs
  • significance, i.e., improving patient care, reducing costs, etc.
  • feasibility
  • research design
  • prior experience of the faculty team leader
  • general style

Reviewers will give preference to projects that can be completed entirely within 12 months or that are planned in 12-month phases. In the latter case, you may apply for funding for the first phase and submit a follow-up application for each subsequent phase.

Funding Details

UBGMDE will distribute funds to support activities related to your project to your department in two installments: 75 percent at the start of the project and the remainder upon project completion and receipt of your final report.

The exact method of disbursement will be determined with the department chair.

The research team may use funds to cover costs associated with project design and implementation, including but not limited to purchasing supplies or materials, paying conference or presentation expenses, hiring outside consulting services such as statistical analysis or technical assistance, patient education tools and supporting protected time for faculty.

Application Requirements

Your proposal should include:

  • project title
  • purpose of the study and significance of the clinical/practice problem
  • methodology, including information on the patient population, intervention, process or outcome you plan to measure and performance assessment method (consider using the “Plan, Do, Study, Act” model)
  • timeline, including anticipated date of review by human subjects committee
  • budget and justification
  • contact information and a brief CV for the faculty mentor and the resident team leader
  • description of resident/fellow and faculty responsibilities throughout the project
  • letters of support from your department chair and the medical director of the clinical facility or facilities where the project will occur

Submit your packet 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

Karanbir Singh, Pooja Sofat, Muhammad Masud, Deeya Gaindh, Nicholas Silvestri, Noureldin Abdelhamid
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.