Amita Singh, M.D., M.S., an assistant professor of neurology at the College of Medicine, also participated in the pilot, using the MD&A tool.
“The management, discussion and analysis tool has provided the department of neurology with a robust framework to allow us to identify impactful quality initiatives to focus our efforts on,” Singh said. “We worked with IT to create neurology-specific dashboards to evaluate areas of improvement with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of care we provide along with the patient experience.”
Kelly and Singh were the first from the initial pilot program to present their focus areas using the MD&A tool to the dean’s senior leadership committee.
“The institutional support from the dean’s office was a big part of the success of these projects,” said Kelly, noting that the office worked closely with faculty in the pilot cohort to lay the foundation and support each project.
Jeremy Schmidt, a senior project manager for the dean’s office, collaborated with Kelly and Singh to push these projects forward.
“It was a great opportunity to work with Dr. Kelly and Dr. Singh to help deliver the highest-quality care,” Schmidt said. “Through these projects, the college will advance in the way it conceptualizes and pursues patient safety.”
Now located within the Quality and Patient Safety initiative, the MD&A initiative is expanding to additional departments at the college with cohort 2, including the departments of emergency medicine, anesthesiology, ophthalmology, radiation oncology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
“The MD&A tool, when done as intended, allows for vertical and horizontal alignment within the institution,” Kelly said. “This tool allows for peer learning, collaborative environments and a shared approach to reaching outcomes, all while facilitating standardized and regular communication with leadership to ultimately propel projects forward. Moving forward, I think a consistent process to approach quality and safety, on an institutional level, is the right way to go.”