Students Adding Value

Improving Patient Care Measures While Learning Valuable Population Health Skills

Amy W. Shaheen, Kelly Bossenbroek Fedoriw, Susanna Khachaturyan, Beat Steiner, Julie Golding, Julie S. Byerley, Erika S Helgeson, Gary L. Beck Dallaghan

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Medical students are potential resources for ambulatory primary care practices if learning goals can align with clinical needs. The authors introduced a quality improvement (QI) curriculum in the ambulatory clinical rotation that matched student learning expectations with practice needs. In 2016-2017, 128 students were assigned to academic, university affiliated, community health, and private practices. Student project measures were matched with appropriate outcome measures on monthly practice dashboards. Binomial mixed effects models were used to model QI measures. For university collaborative practices with student involvement, the estimated odds of a patient being screened for breast cancer in March 2017 was approximately 2 times greater than in 2016. This odds ratio was 36.2% greater than the comparable odds ratio for collaborative practices without student involvement (95% confidence interval = 22.7% to 51.2% greater). When student curriculum and assignments align with practice needs, practice metrics improve and students contribute to improvements in real-world settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Quality
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Patient Care
Learning
Students
Health
Population
Quality Improvement
Curriculum
Odds Ratio
Private Practice
Ambulatory Care
Medical Students
Primary Health Care
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Confidence Intervals
Breast Neoplasms

Keywords

  • medical school curriculum
  • medical students
  • population health
  • quality metrics

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Shaheen, A. W., Fedoriw, K. B., Khachaturyan, S., Steiner, B., Golding, J., Byerley, J. S., ... Beck Dallaghan, G. L. (2019). Students Adding Value: Improving Patient Care Measures While Learning Valuable Population Health Skills. American Journal of Medical Quality. https://doi.org/10.1177/1062860619845482

Students Adding Value : Improving Patient Care Measures While Learning Valuable Population Health Skills. / Shaheen, Amy W.; Fedoriw, Kelly Bossenbroek; Khachaturyan, Susanna; Steiner, Beat; Golding, Julie; Byerley, Julie S.; Helgeson, Erika S; Beck Dallaghan, Gary L.

In: American Journal of Medical Quality, 01.01.2019.

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Shaheen, Amy W. ; Fedoriw, Kelly Bossenbroek ; Khachaturyan, Susanna ; Steiner, Beat ; Golding, Julie ; Byerley, Julie S. ; Helgeson, Erika S ; Beck Dallaghan, Gary L. / Students Adding Value : Improving Patient Care Measures While Learning Valuable Population Health Skills. In: American Journal of Medical Quality. 2019.
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