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Quality Improvement

Addressing Quality of Patient Care

The Department of Medicine Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QI/PS) program is a comprehensive effort that addresses the Institution of Medicine's dimensions of quality, including:

  • Safety
  • Effectiveness
  • Efficiency
  • Patient-centered
  • Equitable
  • Timely care

Five Major Functions

This program includes five major functions:

  1. Peer review process.

  2. Medical  patient care committee which sets the clinical priorities of the QI/PS program.

  3. Multidisciplinary working groups which work to enhance the quality of patient care.

  4. Division-based dashboards and performance improvement projects.

  5. Education of house officers, medical students and faculty in modern QI/PS strategies.
Model for QI/PS

For a schemata of the BIDMC Department of Medicine Quality Improvement and Patient Safety program model, click here.

Quality Improvement Highlights

Each year Quality Improvement activities are highlighted in the of the Department of Medicine Annual Report. 

To read about QI highlights, please click on the links below.


  • 2010 Department of Medicine Annual Report: Quality Improvement



Mark D. Aronson, Naama Neeman, Alexander Carbo, Anjala V. Tess, Julius J. Yang, Patricia Folcarelli, Kenneth F. Sands, and Mark L. Zeidel. A Model for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Programs in Academic Departments of Medicine. Am J Med. 2008 Oct;121(10):922-9.

Contact Information

Scot B. Sternberg, MS
Administrative Director, Quality
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215