The University of Washington Housestaff Quality & Safety Committee (HQSC) is a trainee-led organization chartered under Graduate Medical Education and the UW Patient Safety & Quality Coordinating Committee that strives to engage trainees in the quality and safety work pursued everywhere throughout UW Medicine. Formed in 2011, HQSC membership today boasts more than 40 residents and fellows representing 20 medical and surgical specialties. The group meets throughout the year to learn improvement methodology, leadership skills, and change management strategies. In addition to developing and engaging future clinician leaders in healthcare quality and safety, the HQSC provides a housestaff perspective on these important matters to committees across UW Medicine.
[ Board roles & responsibilities ]
- Co-chairs serve overlapping one-year terms, either summer-to-summer or autumn-to-autumn, to preserve continuity. They are responsible for planning monthly meetings, setting the curriculum, and representing HQSC on various UW Medicine committees. The VA Chief Resident for Quality & Patient Safety serves as one of the co-chairs.
- Engagement team is responsible for outreach to trainees and faculty via the Liaisons and FACE communities, respectively. At least two members are selected to lead the Engagement team each year.
- Development director manages the UW GME Graduate Quality & Safety Certificate program and explores additional avenues for showcasing and recognizing the committee's work.
- Publications director reviews and selects content for the HOUSE journal and BRICK newsletter. He or she is fully responsible for the layout of BRICK and coordinates with a professional graphics designer to produce HOUSE.
- Programs director drives forward existing HQSC initiatives such as our local Choosing Wisely campaign.
- Technology director supports data acquisition for committee projects, interfaces with UW Medicine Information Technology teams, and maintains the HQSC website.
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