Internal medicine resident research and quality improvement

Purpose of the program

The purpose of the Internal Medicine Scholarly Activity Program is to support a scholarly environment and enable residents to participate in clinical/educational research and quality improvement (QI) science. Throughout the curriculum, residents learn to: 

  • Critically appraise the literature and evidence-based guidelines
  • Present scholarly activity findings and scientific abstracts at local or national meetings
  • Write scholarly activity findings in abstract or manuscript form and submit for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Apply research methodology and biostatistics to healthcare research
  • Apply advanced Quality Improvement & Patient Safety knowledge as physician champions beyond graduation

Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (QIPS) Curriculum

HonorHealth offers a very robust and innovative QIPS curriculum, led by core faculty member and QI expert Dr. Rustan Sharer, intended to emphasize the importance of QIPS work and enable residents to spearhead individual quality improvement or patient safety initiatives. 

With many competing demands for resident time, it can be challenging for training programs to devote adequate time and resources to promoting well-rounded scholarly activity. We have re-thought the traditional approach to a longitudinal, resident-driven QI curriculum and found a way to incorporate QI as a fundamental pillar and highlight of our training program.

Rustan Sharer, MD, HonorHealth Internal Medicine Residency Program
Rustan Sharer, MD


Key features of our curriculum

  • Recurring protected time for research/QI/scholarly activity throughout training
  • Longitudinal mentorship with check-ins occurring 6+ months of the year
  • Individual projects aligned with interest of learners (residents pick their own projects)
  • Dedicated conference time throughout the year showcasing resident-led scholarly activities
  • IHI Open School Modules offered as common backbone (basic certificate)
  • Opportunities for advanced Lean/QI training
  • Close partnership with informatics and analytics team(s)
  • Recurring interdisciplinary ResQIPS conferences focused on promoting project generation and on advanced skill-building

Keys to resident success 

  • Continuity/longitudinal plan
    • Recurring protected project time 
  • Buy-in from stakeholders
    • Align with existing system health efforts
  • Invested individuals/ownership
    • Freedom to choose project
  • Frequent check-ins and 1-on-1 mentoring
    • Opportunities to troubleshoot