Saint Joseph Hospital Family Medicine Residency

Quality Improvement

At Bruner Family Medicine, we are committed to being a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). This requires us to routinely evaluate ourselves and continuously improve in the areas of quality of patient care, quality of patient communication, and team-based care practices. We believe that this structure of primary care is a model for the future and really puts the patient at the center of everything we do.

As a physician at Bruner Family Medicine, you will learn about PCMH principles and have the opportunity to practice team-based quality improvement (QI) from the first days in clinic. You will participate in our team meetings, which are focused on various QI projects as they relate to preventive medicine and chronic disease management for our patients.

Your first year is primarily focused on learning QI tools and processes used in the clinic. During your second and third year, you will be encouraged to take on a leadership role and help direct the team through project creation, developing SMART goals, and implementing successive Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles. You will have the opportunity to present your QI work as one of the required scholarly activities for residency, and have a working knowledge of QI that can be applied in your future career no matter where you find yourself practicing medicine.

Examples of quality improvement projects that residents have presented at various conferences:

Sutton S, Kellogg L, Burke K, Gamble N, Taylor A, Keane M, Matergia M. "Improving Access to Isotretinoin for Acne Treatment in an Urban Underserved Family Medicine Residency Clinic: a Quality Improvement Initiative" Rocky Mountain Research Forum. May 2022. Denver, CO

Harland, R, Davis, AM, Hainz, R, Kondrad, E, Olsen, B. “ Creating Culture: Quality Improvement in Attitudes around Diversity, Inclusion, and Discrimination at a St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency.” Rocky Mountain Research Forum. May 2022. Denver, CO

Taylor A, Kellogg L, Phillips G, Mayeda D, Gill S, Matergia M." Cervical Cancer Screening Quality Improvement." Rocky Mountain Research Forum. May 2022. Denver, CO

Teska B, Taylor A, Hulen K, Burnett B, Hill K, Matergia M. " Four Years of Lessons Learned." Rocky Mountain Research Forum. May 2022. Denver, CO

Harland R. "Increasing the Number of Underrepresented Minority Residents at a FM Residency in Denver, CO." STFM Conference on Medical Student Education. Oral Presentation. Virtual. Feb 2021