IHQI provides funding, coaching and technical assistance through its Improvement Scholars Program. Click below to access slides and recordings from the annual Improvement Scholars Symposium.

2018-2019 Projects

Implementation of Antibiotic Time-Outs at Hillsborough Hospital

Lead: Zach Willis, MD, MPH

Reducing Unused Opioid Tablets in Postpartum Women

Lead: Christine McKenzie, MD

Malnutrition in Hospitalized Family Medicine Patients

Lead: Amir Barzin, DO, MS

Reducing Avoidable Gastrointestinal Surgery Readmissions

Leads: Stephanie Lumpkin, MD; Nicole Chaumont, MD

Reducing Fall-Related Fractures in Older Adults

Lead: Meredith Gilliam, MD, MPH

Early Sepsis Recognition and Intervention During Inter-Hospital Transport

Leads: Dameion Rutherford, RN, CFRN, NREMT-P; Francis Castiller, MD

2017-2018 Projects

COPD Disease Management and Diagnostic Spirometry

Leads: Amy Shaheen, MD & Shane Hemphill, MD

Post-Operative Venous Thromboembolism Reduction

Leads: Jamison Chang, MD, MS & Carlton Moore, MD, MS

LGBTQI Patient Care

Leads: Emily Vander Schaaf, MD, MPH & Tyler McKinnish, MS-4

Reducing Readmissions for Geriatrics Patients

Lead: Maureen Dale, MD

Discharge of Medically Complex Pediatric Patients

Lead: Katie Westreich, MD

2016-2017 Projects

Cystic Fibrosis Transitions: Pediatric to Adult Care
Lead: Jennifer Goralski, MD
Falls Risk Management for Patients in Primary Care

Lead: Vicki Mercer, PT, PhD

Quiet Time: Reducing Noise to Improve Patient Care

Lead: Christine Hedges, PhD, RN

Metabolic Monitoring in Outpatient Psychiatry

Leads: Takahiro Soda, MD, PhD & Jennifer Richards, MD, MBA

Tar Heel Trauma Care: The Golden Hour and Beyond

Lead: Daryhl L Johnson II, MD, MPH, FACS

Unhealthy Alcohol Use Screening and Interventions

Lead: Dan Jonas, MD, MPH

2015-2016 Projects

Perioperative Blood Management

Lead: Greg Balfanz, MD

Carolina Conexiones: Satisfaction & Flow for Spanish-speaking Families

Lead: Kori Flower, MD, MS, MPH

Peripartum Hemorrhage Reduction

Lead: Tom Ivester, MD, MPH

Palliative and Oncology Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer

Lead: Laura Hanson, MD

Central Line Insertion Course

Lead: Joanna Grudziak, MD

Daily Goals in the Intensive Care Unit

Lead: Casey Olm-Shipman, MD

Lung Cancer Screening

Lead: Dan Reuland, MD, MPH

Depression Treatment in Primary Care

Lead: Sarah Smithson, MD, MPH

2014-2015 Projects

Discharge Time at North Carolina Children’s Hospital

Lead: Kathleen Bradford, MD

Enhanced Recovery after Major Gastrointestinal Surgery

Leads: Rob Isaak, DO, Lavinia Kolarczyk, MD and H.J. Kim, MD

Lung Protective Ventilation

Lead: Thomas Bice, MD

Preventive Services Outreach in Primary Care

Lead: Shana Ratner, MD

Survivorship Care Plans

Lead: Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN

Unplanned Hospital Admissions for Cancer Patients

Lead: Bhisham Chera, MD