UA Healthcare’s Interprofessional Chief Resident Immersion Training Program Awarded Two-Year Funding

Grant to train chief residents in safe, quality care
Investigators with UA Healthcare (UAH) have been awarded an innovative two-year grant to teach chief residents (CRs) in the care of complex older adults. Funded by The Hearst Foundation, this 24-month $114,000 grant provides funding for the 2012 and 2013 Interprofessional Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) Programs at UAH. 
Grant recipients include Mindy Fain, MD, PI, chief, Division of Geriatrics, General Medicine and Palliative Medicine and co-director, Arizona Center on Aging; co-investigators Andy Theodorou, MD, director of safety and quality improvement and chief medical officer of University Medical Center; Amy Waer, MD, program director, general surgery residency; Bill Johnson, MD, medical residency program director; and Jane Mohler, MPH, PhD, co-director, Arizona Geriatric Education Center.
 The CRIT program fosters positive attitudes toward caring for older adults and encourages collaborative interprofessional management of complex older patients. Targeted to new chief residents because of the key role they play in ensuring safe, high-quality patient care, providing medical-student and resident training, mediating among faculty, residents and staff across disciplines and communicating with patients and families, the program was developed specifically to advance CR teaching and leadership skills with a focus on the care of complex older patients. 
The UAH Quality and Safety team, led by Dr. Theodorou and faculty from the Arizona Center on Aging, will assist in supporting the design and implementation of this process through the UAH Quality and Safety Resident’s Council. Each CR will co-develop and address a real-world quality/safety issue relevant to each specialty area that will include other relevant providers (e.g., nursing, discharge planning, pharmacy or other participation) to learn quality improvement, while enhancing safe, quality hospital outcomes.
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