Pediatric Residency Resources


Pediatrics Overview

American Board of Pediatrics (ABP):  The ABP is one of the 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The ABP is an independent, nonprofit organization whose certificate is recognized throughout the world as a credential signifying a high level of physician competence. The ABP's website provides information about Maintenance of Certification (MOC), specifically part 4, which outlines QI requirements.
Intended For: Pediatric Residents and Fellows, Board Certified Pediatricians

Educational Materials/Tools

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI):  IHI is a not-for-profit organization leading the improvement of health care throughout the world. The Institute offers information and resources to health care professionals who want to improve the care of their patients. In addition, the Institute offers "Open School for Health Professions," which includes free online courses and resources about quality improvement and patient safety. To learn more, log on to their website.
Intended For: Students in nursing, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, policy, and other health professions


Institute for Family-Centered Care:  The Institute for Family-Centered Care is a resource for people “interested in advancing the practice of Patient and Family-Centered Care.” This resource is catered to patient and family leaders, clinicians, administrators, educators, researchers, and facility designers.
Intended For: Patient and family leaders, Clinicians, Administrators, Educators, Researchers, and Facility designers


North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA):  NCHA is statewide trade association representing 135 hospitals and health networks. The association promotes improved community health status and delivery of quality healthcare through leadership, information, education, and advocacy in members' interests and for public benefit.
Intended For: Providers, Hospitals


National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ):  NICHQ seeks to make dramatic improvements in the quality of care for children and adolescents by developing, testing and deploying new methods to provide and improve care.
Intended For: Patients and families, Providers, Funders, Payers, and Policymakers


The Quality Source:  Hosted by the NC AHEC Program in partnership with the NC Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety, this website provides up to date information on significant education offerings and information about Quality and Patient Safety.
Intended For: Providers, Hospitals


QualityTools:  QualityTools is a website sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that has a number of tools to help improve the quality of health care.
Intended For: Providers, Insurers, Purchasers, Consumers, Policymakers

Patient Safety/Medication Errors

Clinical Microsystems:  Patients and health care meet in small living, adapting "front line" systems called microsystems - small, interdependent groups of people who work together regularly to provide care for specific groups of patients. This website, developed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, features concrete ways to further understand, develop, assess, and improve clinical microsystems.
Intended For: Providers, Hospitals


Josie King Foundation:  The Foundation's mission is to prevent others from dying or being harmed by medical errors.
Intended For: Providers, Consumers


Maryland Patient Safety Center:  The Maryland Patient Safety Center engages patients and providers in improving care and communication, operates a voluntary reporting system of patient safety events and “near misses” that do not result in harm, and offers education and training on patient safety issues.
Intended For: Patients, Providers


Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors:  The Coalition is a public/private partnership that promotes a systems-oriented approach to improving patient safety, identifying the causes of medical errors, and developing and supporting implementation of strategies for prevention.
Intended For: Consumer organizations, State agencies, Hospitals, Professional associations for physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Long-term care, Insurers, Employers, Policymakers, and Researchers

Guidelines/Measures

National Guidelines Clearinghouse:  A comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents.
Intended For: Providers, Insurers, Integrated delivery systems, Purchasers, Other health professionals


National Quality Forum:  Aims to improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans through fulfillment of its three-part mission: setting national priorities and goals for performance improvement; endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance; and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs.
Intended For: Providers, Hospitals, Consumers, Purchasers, Accrediting and certifying bodies, and Healthcare research and quality improvement organizations