Congratulations to Joanna Grudziak, MD, MPH, PGY 5 General Surgery Resident and Michael Phillips, MD, Pediatric Surgeon who were selected as 2019-2020 Improvement Scholars.

Only six projects were selected by the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) to be supported through the IHQI Improvement Scholars Program for the period Sept. 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2020. Dr. Grudiak was selected for her project entitled, “Palliative Care in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit” while Dr. Phillips was selected for his project entitled, “Reducing Length of Stay for Pediatric Patients with Gastrostomy Tubes.”

The UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) reviewed 25 letters of intent and 12 proposals. Their selection criteria included:

  • Likelihood of sustainable improvement in clinical care and outcomes in prioritized areas of clinical improvement
  • The project’s impact on developing provider capacity to lead health care improvement
  • The project’s impact on promoting collaboration across units and departments
  • Clarity of the improvement strategy

We are very proud of Drs. Grudziak and Phillips and look forward to seeing their projects come to fruition.