• Quality Scholars Curriculum

    Two Training Tracks

    The Quality Scholars Program at Cincinnati Children’s offers two training tracks: Independent Improvement Investigator and Systemwide Improvement Leader. 

    Independent Improvement Investigator

    The goals are to:

    1. Build extraordinary research and improvement capability in faculty who will transform health and the healthcare delivery system for children through execution and leadership in innovative health services, outcomes and implementation research

    2. Upon program completion, scholars will be prepared to write a career-development award (preliminary research aims and career development delineated)

    Systemwide Improvement Leader

    The goals are to:

    1. Build extraordinary improvement capability in faculty who will transform health and the healthcare delivery system for children through leadership and implementation of innovations in healthcare improvement

    2. Upon program completion, scholars will be recognized improvement leaders in their microsystem with potential and training to be a systemwide leader in three to five years

    Formal Coursework

    The master's of science in Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) at the University of Cincinnati will provide one important foundational element of the program. Most are likely to select the clinical epidemiology / clinical effectiveness track. All scholars will take the health services research course that is part of the clinical epidemiology / clinical effectiveness track.

    Mentored Research

    Each scholar will be involved in a series of mentored health services or quality-improvement research experience. Scholars will develop the projects in collaboration with their mentor and other advisers. Attention will be devoted to ensuring that each project is manageable, with a high likelihood of successful completion, and that it contains elements of design, implementation and analysis that make it an appropriate vehicle for training.

    Scholars will participate in at least two improvement projects aimed at the direct application of quality-improvement methods in clinical and public health settings: one as part of the intermediate improvement methods course; and one advanced, using formal methods of planned experimentation during the advanced improvement methods session. A full range of ongoing improvement projects are available through Cincinnati Children’s and partnering organizations.

    Leadership Training

    Quality Scholars will participate in relevant leadership training courses offered through Cincinnati Children's education and training such as the leadership foundations or change leader courses.

    Group discussions are an opportunity to get input from colleagues.

    Research and Improvement Conferences

    Quality Scholars Conference
    A bi-weekly conference will enable fellows to present their research and improvement projects in the early phase of development and to gain exposure to the process of developing research and improvement ideas.

    Health Services Research and Quality Improvement Research Conference
    This bi-weekly conference is an opportunity for faculty and fellows interested in quality-improvement research to seek the input of their colleagues on new ideas and projects at various stages of development.

    Other Conferences
    Other conferences and meetings that provide opportunities for scholars to deepen their understanding of quality-improvement methods include:

      • The quarterly CHILD Workshops, which provide an opportunity for leadership review of all major improvement initiatives within the institution. Lloyd Provost, MS, and Thomas Nolan, PhD, internationally respected experts in quality improvement, lead these sessions
      • The annual Cincinnati Children's Quality Summit, an invitational two-day meeting for institutions interested in quality improvement to share results about their initiatives
      • The Cincinnati Conference on Innovations in Health Care, which brings together individuals across the medicine-business-engineering spectrum to discuss improvements in systems and process analysis, OR / patient flow, clinical innovation management, automation and expert systems and advanced analytical techniques

    Tipping Point
    This monthly hospitalwide book review and journal club is focused on improvement.

  • Thesis and Publications

    One of your goals is to publish in a peer-reviewed journal.

    Scholars will be expected to produce a thesis for a graduate degree and manuscripts based on their research that are suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

  • Mentoring

    Mentoring plays a key role in healthcare improvement.

    Mentoring will play a key role in the program because it is as important to a successful research career as is didactic coursework. Each scholar will be assisted by the director and core faculty in identifying a small team of mentors, typically three to four faculty, who will comprise the Scholarship Oversight Committee. These mentor teams will consist of an academic adviser from the Quality Scholars Program, the scholar's division director or designee, a primary research mentor and one or two faculty selected by the student.