residents get lean during Quality improvement bootcamp
By Sam Marie Engle
Inefficiency. Waste. Adverse outcomes. No one likes to talk about them, but they need more than talk. More importantly, they need appropriate and timely action.
That's what residents from the Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology-Integrated, and Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging residency programs learned during a half-day quality improvement bootcamp in late March. Organized by Nadja Kadom, MD, FAAP, professor and medical director of quality, and Pratik Rachh, MD, MBA, diagnostic radiology resident and former quality programs manager for Emory Radiology.
"The goal of the bootcamp was to prepare our residents for tackling improvements using the Lean Method," says Dr. Kadom, who also is director of the new Quality Improvement and Innovations Track of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency program.
The packed agenda included presentations and activities about Lean management principles and change management approaches. The residents broke into teams to complete a QI project proposal using what they learned.
"We currently have 10-13 quality improvement projects in the works, which is exciting," says Dr. Rachh.