WHO WE ARE
The Institute for Emergency Department Clinical Quality Improvement is set within the context of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine, and our Emergency Medicine Residency Program, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. All of our faculty are attending physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine, and faculty member at Harvard Medical School.
The mission of the Institute for Emergency Department Clinical Quality Improvement is to promote excellence in emergency department operations, clinical quality, and patient safety through a commitment to quality improvement, clinical education, international collaboration, and research.
HOW WE MEET OUR MISSION
Quality Improvement: Defining and measuring the quality of delivered emergency medical care is essential for identifying areas for clinical and operational improvements and then testing those improvements to see if they work. Our faculty demonstrate commitment to ED quality improvement through participation in our department’s robust quality assurance program, built to ensure excellent patient care through the proper identification of systems and clinical care issues. We are committed to sharing our practices, pathways, systems, and standards with colleagues in the interest of a mutual commitment to ED quality standards and patient safety.
Clinical Education: Through our annual certification course and our affiliated courses on clinical quality, we work with emergency clinicians to provide them with the clinical knowledge and quality assurance practices they need in order to maintain cutting-edge clinical practice standards and patient-safe EDs.
International Collaboration: Through our research and project collaborations with international colleagues from various countries, we have access to diverse ideas, practices, and quality markers that enrich our own research, clinical practice, and coursework. We are committed to working with international colleagues to maximize ED clinical standards through quality improvement practices within the ED.
Research: Our Center, set within the context of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine, and our Emergency Medicine Residency Program, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, publishes significant evidence-based research in the areas of clinical care and quality assurance that enhances our practice and enriches our courses. We are committed to collaborating with international partners on research in the area of ED quality practices. View our research.
Our courses are designed to help emergency medicine clinicians develop the individual and departmental clinical decision-making skills and quality assurance practices they need in order to deliver high-quality care to patients.
The majority of our instructors are faculty members at Harvard Medical School, practicing emergency physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard teaching hospital and home to the BIDMC-Harvard Emergency Medicine Residency Program. In addition, we invite key international instructors each year, renowned in the emergency medicine field.
Our institute’s main certification course, Emergency Quality Improvement Professional (EQuIP) Certification Course, is a 20-hour (3-day) intensive professional development course for emergency medicine clinicians delivered by the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians / Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The 2020 course will be held in Florence, Italy at the Grand Hotel Baglioni.
Other courses organized in collaboration with our institute, directly by our Department of Emergency Medicine, are as follows:
EMERGENCY MEDICINE CLINICAL COMPETENCY, TRAINING & QUALITY ASSURANCE
OPTIMIZING ED OPERATIONS & PATIENT CARE THROUGH MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAMWORK AT THE LEADERSHIP LEVEL