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Quality Improvement and Research

Quality Improvement (QI)

We are very enthusiastic about having a robust QI curriculum for residents. We have been able to offer this curriculum because of a large number of faculty with training in and a passion for QI. Our residents work individually or in teams with a faculty mentor on a QI project of interest. Incoming interns may join an existing QI project or take time to develop their own, working individually or with a new team. Resident projects have contributed to improvements in patient care, education and wellness. Our monthly QI conference combines didactics and interactive sessions during which residents present their work and receive feedback from peers and faculty.  We end the year with a QI poster and podium session.


UMass Chan Medical School faculty members are engaged in research in areas ranging from Pediatric HIV/AIDS, cystic fibrosis and diabetes to children’s mental health services and health care for children with special health care needs. In the past, residents have initiated studies based on their clinical work and interests or joined ongoing teams involved in bench and clinical research. Residents also create or participate in quality improvement projects in all clinical and educational areas. Each resident is responsible for a “scholarly project” for which there is a poster presentation the spring of their PGY-3 year.