CPEP Project Earns Psychiatry Team Quality Improvement Award

Maria Mariano (left) Victoria Brooks, MD (right) from Psychiatry.

Maria Mariano, MD, and Victoria Brooks, MD, are working to improve patient handoffs in the Comprehensive Psychiatry Emergency Program.

Published July 11, 2012

A resident-faculty team in psychiatry has 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.


Maria Mariano, MD, and her faculty mentor, Victoria Brooks, MD, will receive up to $3,000 in funding for their project, titled “Improving patient handoff system for the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program.”

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”

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”