HUP Residency - Special Resident Programs

The Penn Radiology residency program is committed to developing leaders in quality and safety for the improvement of patient care and outcomes. Each year two residents take part in the Healthcare Leadership in Quality Track. The track brings together residents from all disciplines who are highly motivated to address the challenging issues of quality and safety in patient care. The program consists of three weeks of elective time dedicated to a series of structured didactic educational sessions on topics related to quality and safety in patient care. Residents also develop skills in error analysis including participating in root cause analysis and are involved in a capstone quality improvement project for which an additional four weeks of elective time is dedicated for project completion. More information about the Healthcare Leadership in Quality Track can be found at www.med.upenn.edu/chips/Track1.shtml. The 2012-2013 Radiology Residents in the Healthcare Leadership in Quality Track are Amana Akhtar, MD and Michael DeLeo, MD.

In addition, the Penn Radiology Residency program has established a Resident Quality and Safety Subcommittee with the mission of promoting quality, safety and efficiency within the Department of Radiology, identifying opportunities to improve performance and reduce errors for better patient safety and improved health outcomes. The resident run subcommittee provides a forum to discuss potential and ongoing quality improvement projects, facilitating engagement of all clinical care team members in an effort to promote a culture of quality and safety. An annual Penn Radiology Resident Quality Award was established to honor exemplary resident quality improvement projects in an effort to recognize resident initiatives to improve quality and safety of patient care with an honorarium of the $500.