The 14th GNYHA/United Hospital Fund (UHF) Clinical Quality Fellowship Program (CQFP) class began last week with a welcome Zoom. Later this month, the CQFP fellows will attend a two-day learning retreat at the Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Center in Armonk, New York.
CQFP is a 15-month program developed by GNYHA and UHF to identify and educate the region’s next generation of quality improvement (QI) leaders. The 14th class includes 21 physicians, seven nurse professionals, and two physician assistants in clinical and managerial roles at their respective institutions. The fellows come from 25 GNYHA member institutions and represent a multitude of clinical specialty areas, including internal and emergency medicine, neurology, anesthesiology, geriatrics, infectious disease, radiology, pediatric critical care, obstetrics, and women’s health.
The first learning retreat will review how QI and patient safety disciplines have evolved and how Federal and State policies have contributed to and impacted the QI movement. Other topics will include how to use data in QI work, create high reliability in health care, apply a health equity lens to QI, and the fundamental tools for continuous improvement.