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Department of Pediatrics Research Division

Department of Pediatrics

Quality Improvement


“Collaborative Training in Team Based Care in Appalachian Primary Care Practices” –  Dr. Dawn Tuell (PI) Dr. Jodi Polaha, and Dr. Beth Ann Fox – Funded by HRSA
We aim to develop an interdisciplinary, inter-professional training program in Team-Based Care, to be integrated with current training curricula, for practicing family medicine and pediatrics faculty, residents, medical students, practice staff, and other health professionals, to include didactic classroom instruction, role playing, simulation, and clinical experience.

“Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC)”
TIPQC is a state perinatal quality collaborative. A number of pediatric faculty have or are currently participating in projects.

“Pediatric Quality Improvement Curriculum” – Dr. Nathaniel A. Justice (PI)
The Quality Improvement Curriculum introduces pediatric residents to fundamental concepts in quality improvement through a series of didactic sessions paired with workshops in which learners apply those concepts to a quality improvement project. This curriculum is designed to (1) fulfill the ACGME requirement for resident participation in quality improvement; (2) prepare learners to engage in quality improvement efforts for lifelong practice improvement and Maintenance of Certification; and (3) further quality improvement initiatives at Johnson City Medical Center and Niswonger Children's Hospital.

“Physician Healthcare Initiative in the State of Tennessee (PHiiT)” – Champion Team members: Dr. Gayatri Jaishankar, Beth Medlin, Dr. Mathew Tolliver, Debi Thibeault, Amy Shipley, Bridgett Garland
Statewide QI project led by the Tennessee American Academy of Pediatrics. The ETSU Clinic has participated for the last 1 ½ years through monthly phone calls and quarterly qualitative chart reviews.

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