August 31, 2018

Please join us for a collaborative quality improvement experience with other family medicine residency programs across the country.

Contraception and reproductive health are an important aspect of women's health and comprehensive, patient- centered care, and there are many ways we can improve on the care we provide in our clinics. Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association (IPMA), in partnership with the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP), has developed a quality improvement module titled Reproductive Health: Engaging Patients in the Reproductive Health Plan. We invite you to learn side by side, along with other residency programs, on how to improve the process to ask every woman about their reproductive health plan.

This FREE online module designed to increase the use of "One Key Question," and to improve reproductive health planning, enhance physician-patient communication, and improve team approaches to care. Need more convincing? How about:

  • Your clinic will improve measures that matter to patients
  • Your clinic will deliver better patient care, aligned with best practices in reproductive health
  • Your residents will learn quality improvement methodology and complete a project so they can graduate and take their boards
  • Your faculty will learn quality improvement skills and develop the ability to lead future QI projects
  • IPMA will provide faculty and learner resources to make MOC meaningful
  • IPMA will provide relevant, easy-to-use and streamlined resources
  • IPMA's QI coach will assist you every step of the way
  • With this collaborative, you will be part of a community of residency faculty, and learning with other attendings
  • By participating in this collaborative, your faculty and residents will produce a project that will be shared at a national education or quality improvement meeting, thus enhancing residency scholarly activity, a publication discussing the results of this collaborative will be pursued.
  • Residency faculty members of the team will earn 30 CME credits
  • The project is approved for MOC-4 credit from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and you'll receive ABFM PI credit (Part IV).

We currently have two teams from family medicine residencies in Wisconsin and Minnesota signed up to participate; they plan to start working on their projects in September, 2018. We'd love other interested programs to sign up in August so we can all start our work together in September. We hope to end the projects in April, 2019 in order to submit to the ABMS/ABFM, and develop our posters and manuscripts. Each team consists of 6-8 residents, 2-3 faculty, and clinic employees such as rooming staff, nurses, receptionists, etc.

Starting the conversation about reproductive health provides each patient with the care they need when they need it. Participating in this quality improvement initiative helps both our patients, our residents and our residency programs.

For additional information about this program or to register your program, please contact Pam Kittleson, Director of Quality, at pkittleson@ipmameded.org or Cheri Olson, MD at colson@ipmameded.org.

Registration is now OPEN!

For more information on the RHI, including our Learning Self Assessment activity, tools and resources, please go to www.familydocs.org/rhi.

This project is supported by an grant from the CAFP Foundation.

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