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EQIPP for Residents

The EQIPP for Residents course is designed to help residents with integrating quality improvement into practice. Using the available tracks, you will collect and analyze data, identify gaps in care, and create improvement plans to address those gaps. The supporting content in the barriers and suggested ideas for change grids provide practical steps to close gaps and improve the care of patients. These key activities contribute to high-quality, ongoing pediatric care that can improve your delivery of care to patients in your practice.

The EQIPP for Residents course home page.
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How do Residency Programs use EQIPP?

Residency Programs have been using EQIPP over the last 5 years in various ways. Through feedback, the EQIPP for Residents course was created. Using the reporting and tracking features within EQIPP, programs easily meet the ACGME requirement for Quality Improvement. Programs have immersed EQIPP into the Program Curriculum in the following ways:

  • Encouraging the use of QI Basics as a primer to QI implementation
  • Grouping residents by continuity clinic and using Faculty to help assist the implementation of the course within clinic
  • Based on need of the program and clinic, allowing each group or clinic to choose a topic (or track) that best meets the need of the clinic and/or residents.
  • Grouping residents by topic (or track) and have them work together in separate cohorts to implement the improvements in clinic.
  • Some programs have assigned certain times of the month (e.g. 2nd Thursday of the Month – brown bag lunch) to review progress and data together.
  • Grouping residents by PL year; essentially spreading out the course completion requirements over the term of residency. Leveraging mentorship opportunities for the PL3 and PL4 residents.

Group your residents via the Quality Improvement tab on PediaLink.
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What is an EQIPP Group? Why do I need one?

An EQIPP group is comprised of one or more residents. In EQIPP, a group’s data is aggregated and improvements can be viewed as a team. Programs have grouped residents by PL year, continuity clinic, and/or topic. Groups can be edited throughout the academic year.

What is QI Basics?

Included in every EQIPP course is the Quality Improvement in Pediatrics Care (referred to as QI Basics) course. The course, which is a prerequisite for all EQIPP courses, ensures all participants receive a strong education in fundamental QI principles and concepts needed to systematically and continuously improve practice processes. QI Basics introduces the Model for Improvement, a systematic framework for improving patient care. The Model is used in all EQIPP courses and involves running small, successive tests of change through Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycles.

What tracks/topics are available?

There are currently 5 tracks/topics available in the EQIPP for Residents course:

 Track  Description
Asthma (Generalist) This track is designed to provide you with guidance regarding asthma diagnosis, its control and follow-up, spirometry testing and measurement, medications administration, flu vaccination, asthma action plan development, and active partnership between providers. It features diagnosis and management guidance from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.
Immunizations (19-23 month old) This track is designed to improve your vaccine rates for Hep B, Rotavirus, DTap, Hib, PCV, IPV, Influenza, MMR and Varicella in patients 19-23mos old.
Bright Futures (Infancy and Early Childhood) This track is designed to help guide physicians on how to interpret and implement the Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision into everyday practice. The content of this course focuses on infants through early childhood.
Judicious Use of Antibiotics (Upper Respiratory Infection) This track will assess if patients were appropriately: a) diagnosed with URI; b) not provided with an antibiotic; and c) counseled regarding expected course of illness
Oral Health In this track, the importance of the dental home, caries risk assessment, anticipatory guidance, and fluoride varnish application is discussed. These can all be done by pediatric primary healthcare providers (PPHPs) in their office.

Do my faculty and coordinators have access to the course?

Yes. Coordinators, program directors, and AAP-member faculty have free access to the course. Non-member faculty fees are $199. Please note: all participants need to be registered through PediaLink in order to gain access to course material.

Who is eligible for MOC credit?

Once completion requirements have been met, both residents and faculty are eligible for MOC credit. Residents can bank their credit using the PediaLink Transcript system. Residency program faculty can follow the attestation process.

What are completion requirements?

Each track/topic is managed separately. All tracks have the following completion requirements:

  • Complete QI Basics
  • Enter Baseline data (minimum of 5 charts)
  • Complete an Improvement Plan with a minimum of 1 Aim Statement
  • Enter Follow Up data (minimum of 5 charts)
  • Repeat steps 2-4 (2nd follow up data cycle)
  • Complete course evaluation

How many patient charts are required for each resident?

There is a minimum of 5 charts required for each data cycle.