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An integral component of a sound research proposal addresses the potential need for IRB review. We encourage proposal writers to prepare as early as possible to allow for IRB review at the hospital partner and the university.

The GME has a Research Specialist who will help residents through the decision process and will provide guidance for each IRB that is connected to the research project.

The WSU Division of Research has a wealth of information on the WSU IRB page. First time submitters (for all parties on the application, including faculty) need to complete Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) trainingmodules before approval can be granted.

Residents rotating at Crittenton Hospital and Medical Center submit proposals to Western IRB.

Residents rotating at Karmanos Cancer Institute may need to submit here.

Residents rotating at Oakwood Hospital should consult the Medical Education office.

Assessing the efficacy of a process, program, or system is inherently beneficial to physicians, hospitals, and the public. To accomplish these endeavors, residents are required to actively participate in Quality Improvement (QI) projects. Please consult your program for further details regarding the internal process to be followed.

The GME office annual purchases an institutional membership for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). IHI aims to improve health and health care around the world, and a central aim is to educate how physicians can systematically improve the environments in which they provide care.

All enrolled residents have access to the full IHI Open School curriculum. Please contact our office for registration instructions. The table below details specific modules residents are to complete with the contact person for more information.

Program Required IHI Modules Contact
Anesthesiology See contact for details Dr. Applefield
Dermatology PS100,101, TA101, QCV 101, 102, PFCC 101 Dr. Daveluy
Family Medicine QI 101-106, 201 Dr. Porcerelli
Internal Medicine QI 101-106, 201 Dr. Kumar
Orthopaedic Surgery Didactic lectures Dr. Sabesan & Therese Bou-Akl
Otolaryngology Didactic lectures Dr. Shoukoukani
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation All Dr. Mukhi
Transitional Year QI 101-106, 201 Dr. Porcerelli
Urology Didactic lectures Dr. Cher

Residents rotating at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center must complete the following form prior to participating in a QI project. The review process is here.

Useful links to external resource for resources and idea formation:

Publishing a QI project

QI projects have a unique academic impact that is distinct from other types of academic publications. The GME office is here to help residents break down publication barriers so that QI contributions can reach others in the academic community. We recommend residents utilize the Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE) guidelines during the writing process.

There are several journals that target QI projects. Please download a list here.

The table below contains a short list of organizations that residents will interface with through the course of training. We provide these links to ease access.

Site Brief Description
ACGME Accreditation information, case logs, and Annual Survey
AMA Residents are members of the American Medical Association
ADA Stay up to date on diabetes through the American Diabetes Association
AAMC The leader of the academic medicine community
AIAMC Where academic medical centers collaborate to improve education
DEA Drug enforcement resources for physicians available
FSMB Obtain board exam information, access licensure information
IOM Nonprofit that provides ubnbiased and authoriateive advice to decision makers
NBOME Osteopathic board exam information and resources
NIH Our national medical research agency
NPDB The data clearinghouse of congress aimed at helping health care quality

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