GMEC Subcommittee on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 

The purposes of the GMEC Subcommittee on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety are to…

  • Promote housestaff education and engagement in patient safety and quality improvement in the USA Health System,
  • Work with USA Health leaders to promote a culture of patient safety in the clinical learning environments,
  • Address patient safety, quality improvement and care transition elements identified by the Clinical Learning Environment Review, and
  • Monitor compliance and assist GME programs with ACGME requirements in the area of patient safety, quality improvement, and care transitions.

The subcommittee will report to the GMEC at least annually as well as when major changes in quality improvement and patient safety education are anticipated or implemented.

The ACGME updated the requirements related to the clinical learning environment, announced on March 10, 2017, and effective July 1, 2017. Regarding quality improvement and patient safety, the ACGME requirements state the following: 

  • Residents are expected to work in interprofessional teams to enhance patient safety and improve patient care quality...
  • The program, its faculty, residents, and fellows must actively participate in patient safety systems and contribute to a culture of safety.
  • Programs must provide formal educational activities that promote patient safety-related goals, tools, and techniques.
  • Residents, fellows, faculty members, and other clinical staff members must...
    • Know their responsibilities in reporting patient safety events at the clinical site;
    • Know how to report patient safety events, including near misses, at the clinical site; and, 
    • Be provided with summary information of their institution’s patient safety reports. 
  • Residents should have the opportunity to participate in the disclosure of patient safety events, real or simulated. 
  • The program director, in partnership with the Sponsoring Institution, must provide a culture of professionalism that supports patient safety and personal responsibility. 
  • Programs, in partnership with their Sponsoring Institutions, must ensure and monitor effective, structured hand-over processes to facilitate both continuity of care and patient safety. 
  • Programs must ensure that residents are competent in communicating with team members in the hand-over process. 
  • Programs and clinical sites must maintain and communicate schedules of attending physicians and residents currently responsible for care.  

Subcommittee Members

  • Chris Jett, MSHA, MBA (USACW Administration), Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • Sam Dean, MBA, MHA (USAMC Administration), Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • Samuel McQuiston, MD (Radiology), Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • Haley Ballard, MD (Internal Medicine)
  • Carole Boudreaux, MD (Pathology)
  • Geami Britt, MD, PGY-IV (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
  • Ashleigh Butts-Wilkerson, MD (Family Medicine)
  • Sandra Curtis, RN, BSN (USA Ambulatory)
  • Haidee Custodio, MD (Pediatrics)
  • Sharon Ezell, MSN, RN, CPHQ (USAMC)
  • Natalie Fox, CRNP, (USA Physicians Group)
  • Jonathan Gillig, MD, PGY-IV (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Monira Haque, MD, PGY-III (Pathology)
  • Beth Leffard, MSN, RN, CPHQ (USAMC)
  • Elizabeth Long, MD PGY-IV (Surgery)
  • Jorge Lopez, MD (Neurology)
  • James Martin, MD, PGY-III (Internal Medicine)
  • Amy McRae, BSN, MHA, JD (USACW)
  • Jennifer Pierce, MD (MCI Gynecology Oncology)
  • Frank Rutigliano, MD, PGY-III (Surgery)


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