Internal medicine resident research and quality improvement

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Curriculum

We offer a robust and innovative QIPS curriculum, led by Associate Program Director, Dr. Rustan Sharer, intended to emphasize the importance of QIPS work and enable residents to spearhead individual quality improvement or patient safety initiatives.

Key features of our curriculum

  • Recurring protected time for research/QI/scholarly activity throughout training
  • Longitudinal mentorship
  • 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)

Some recent example project topics:

  • Introduction of a Perioperative SmartSet to standardize care and reduce waste
  • Safer opioid prescribing
  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Improving colon cancer screening
  • Improving outpatient osteoporosis management after a fragility fracture
  • Implementation of IPASS for patient handoffs
  • Improving timely collection and reporting of ABGs


Rustan Sharer, MD, HonorHealth Internal Medicine Residency Program
Rustan Sharer, MD, FACP – Associate Program Director


Dr. Ben Gifford presenting at DDW

Dr. Ben Gifford presenting at DDW

Internal Medicine residents at awards event

Residents at awards event