Pat Wardell and the senior leadership team has dedicated funds to help engage our graduate medical education trainees in making positive change in the clinical learning environment at CHA.  This year, the CEO CLER Selection Committee awarded small grants to support thirteen resident-led change projects with financial awards of up to $2,000. Each project is intended to improve the experience of care for patients and families and/or the experience of caring for caregivers.

In the 2018-2019 program, we solicited proposals for change projects in the following areas:

  1. Developing a culture of safety

  2. Nurturing staff and provider engagement and well-being

  3. Improving the patient and family experience of care

  4. Improving patient care quality and reducing cost and waste

  5. Understanding and responding to social determinants of health and reducing health disparities

Projects were selected using the following criteria:

  • Expected contribution to the clinical learning environment for trainees, staff, patients and families in one of the five aims above

  • Clarity of the proposal including a well-articulated aim, a practical change idea, and a viable measurement strategy that demonstrates how the change leads to improvement

  • Feasibility of the project with a scope limited appropriately for available time, resources, and infrastructure

  • Evidence of engagement with key stakeholders and support from appropriate executive leaders

  • Alignment with larger CHA institutional performance improvement priorities and efforts

  • A plan for sustainability of the effort beyond the end of the academic year

The Award Selection Committee includes institutional and GME leadership with representation from our four largest ACGME-sponsored primary training programs. If you have any questions, please contact




Introduction to Evaluation and Quality Improvement Workshop

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