14 Jan AAMC Rewards Regional Collaboration
Collaboration is key to enhancing capacity, reducing costs, and improved quality in patient care and outcomes. So, when the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) announced its Learning Health System Planning Award, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) jumped into action.
“The CTSI was created for projects and challenges just like this one,” said Carlos De la Pena, CTSI Administrator. “When this opportunity presented itself to the College, we knew MCW had the talented faculty and staff to make a real difference, and that the CTSI had the structure to make this a success for our community.” The $10,000 AAMC grant is awarded for the development of a collaborative regional program to promote and coordinate Quality Improvement (QI) research and education. The goals of this grant are to: improve patient experiences/outcomes, improve the population’s health, and to lower the cost of care in Southeast Wisconsin.
To do this, MCW will utilize the existing structure and relationships developed by the CTSI of Southeast Wisconsin and its eight partner institutions. Led by Geoffrey C. Lamb, MD Professor of Medicine and Section Chief of Hospital Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and Associate Director of the Joint Quality Office for Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, MCW will lead the task of developing a list of all non-duplicative Quality Improvement resources already in place. Once complete, the inventory will be a spring-board for the College and the CTSI to host a regional workshop where partners can share ideas, resources and collaborate on new efficiencies and protocols for Quality Improvement.