This session is designed to share our experience with an inaugural class of 4th-year medical students who took our newly designed QI elective. An overview of the elective as a whole will be shared. We will describe the timeline of the electives administration. We will discuss how projects are identified and sponsored. We will highlight the projects that have been completed by the cohorts of students and the outcomes of those projects.
Tool: QI Elective Curriculum with an FMEA-based project
Problem: Create an inaugural QI elective at our facility for 4th-year medical students that included a self-directed project that could be completed in 4 weeks by a medical student
Tool Selection: An FMEA is a great tool for students to gain experience doing process mapping as well as identifying and risk-stratifying failure modes. Additionally, this offered them a chance to work with teams they normally would not and do some action planning
Usage: Students are given a basic problem as well as didactic education regarding FMEA. They then, over the course of 3 weeks, complete all the steps of an FMEA and then in the final week do a formal presentation to an appropriate audience for their project
Results: We have had a wide range of projects completed covering topics ranging from getting physicians and nurses in the room for trio rounds to suicide attempts in the hospital to discharging newly insulin-dependent patients safely to routine medication administration