Monday Roundtable Luncheon
The importance of quality improvement (QI) training has been well established in medicine. However, formal QI training is a new concept in dental education. Many faculty are not familiar with the Institute for HealthCare Improvement (IHI) model for improvement, and QI curriculum is lacking in most programs despite revised accreditation standards. This presentation will describe how QI training was integrated in a pediatric dental residency curriculum. Training components included a 2-hour didactic session followed by participation in an inter-professional clinical project. The aim of the clinical project was to increase the number of referrals from Dental Clinic to Healthy Weight Clinic for patients identified as overweight/obese. This presentation will discuss steps taken to implement the project and lessons learned.