Michigan Medicine awarded prestigious opportunity to participate in ACGME-sponsored health disparities collaborative for house officers

November 30, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Michigan Medicine News

Michigan Medicine is one of nine institutions chosen to participate in the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Quality Improvement Collaborative Focused on Health Care Disparities.

The goal of the collaborative is to increase resident and fellow engagement in quality improvement, with a particular focus on health care disparities using a framework developed by the National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE). NCICLE identifies foundational elements for engaging new clinicians in quality improvement efforts to eliminate health care disparities.

Over the course of the 18-month collaborative, participating institutions will use the NCICLE framework to develop, implement and evaluate models to acculturate residents and fellows into the Clinical Learning Environment’s goals and practices for improving care, specifically towards eliminating health care disparities.

“We are excited to participate in the ACGME Health Disparities Collaborative to share and learn from our peer institutions tactics we all can use to educate residents about health disparities through a quality improvement lens,” said David J. Brown, M.D., associate vice president and associate dean for health equity and inclusion. “We have an amazing team from Michigan Medicine which includes experts from many different areas.”

This project is spearheaded by a diverse collaborative team at the academic medical center, including members from Graduate Medical Education, Quality Department, Office for Health Equity & Inclusion, Office of Patient Experience, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, Community Health Services and Program for Multicultural Health, Comprehensive Gender Services Program, Community Benefit and Community Health Needs Assessment Team and Health Management and Policy.

By utilizing both new and existing outlets at Michigan Medicine, such as grand rounds, webinars and video technology, and new house officer orientations, the house officers will obtain skills in aligning with quality improvement culture, recognizing and analyzing health care disparities, and acting on health care disparities.

“Michigan Medicine is dedicated to providing house officers with various platforms that improve diversity, equity and inclusion in academic medicine,” said Marcia Perry, M.D., director of house officer programs for the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion. “This opportunity will allow us the opportunity to continue community-building through new and innovative ways.”

Other institutions participating in the collaborative include Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Citrus Health Network, Inc., HealthPartners Institute, Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai, Kaiser Permanente, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Ohio State University Hospital and VA Caribbean Healthcare System.

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