Two Pediatric Teams Receive Quality Improvement Awards

Anne Marie Reynolds, MD; Valerie Elberson and Martha Perez.

Left: Anne Marie Reynolds, MD, and Valerie Elberson; Right, Kunal Chadha, MD, Martha Perez, MD, and Reynolds

Published July 11, 2012

Two resident-faculty teams in pediatrics have received Quality Improvement Awards from the Office of Graduate Medical Education to help support projects designed to improve patient care or clinical practice.


The teams, each of whom received up to $3,000 in funding, are:

Valerie Elberson, MD (neonatology)
Faculty mentor: Anne Marie Reynolds, MD
Project: “Improving performance and delivery room experience for pediatric residents”

Martha Perez, MD
Faculty mentor: Anne Marie Reynolds, MD
Project: “Improving patient hand off in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit”

Other Quality Improvement Award Recipients

The other winning teams are:

Dina Sulaiman, MD
Faculty mentor: Daniel Morelli, MD
Project: “Readmission rates and quality of care”

Dina Sulaiman, MD
Faculty mentor:
David Newberger, MD
Project: “Quality improvement in primary care for patients with diabetes”

Ravi Chhatrala, MD (internal medicine)
Faculty mentor: Roberto Diaz Del Carpio, MD
Project: “The necessity of screening for depression in outpatient clinic”

Jawad Vaid, MD (internal medicine)
Faculty mentor: Elie Akl, MD, PhD
Project: “Improving patient satisfaction with physician communication on Internal Medicine inpatient teaching services at the Erie County Medical Center”

Maria Mariano, MD
Faculty mentor:
Victoria Brooks, MD
Project: “Improving patient handoff system for the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program”