Our Quality Program
The Department of Internal Medicine is committed to delivering state of the art, quality healthcare as well as the utmost in customer service. Towards this end, our faculty and staff are active in practicing and teaching systematic quality improvement that is based on data and results driven. This quest for quality is championed by Dr. Lindsay Sonstein who serves as the Director of Quality Management for the Department of Internal Medicine. A formal quality improvement education curriculum for residents and faculty has been implemented and quality improvement projects are currently ongoing in both the ambulatory and inpatient arenas. Use the menu links on the left for useful information.
The UTMB Center for Global Health Education (CGHE) is dedicated to the training of tomorrow's global health work force to improve health for the people of Texas and around the world. Check out their website for more information on the global health programs and education going on in our department.
The department of internal medicine is developing evidence based clinical protocols which will be available in EPIC (as order sets) for use when admitting patients with these diagnoses. Their AIM is to standardize care and decrease length of stay and readmission rates.Currently available protocols are:
- CAP - Community Acquired Pneumonia Orderset
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis Adult, ICU
- General Medicine Admission
- Immunodeficiency Flow Panel
- MICU/CCU Admission Order Set
- Oral Analgesic Medicaitons
- Parenteral Opioids
- Sepsis, Adult ICU
All protocols can be found in the EPIC order set section.
The department of Internal Medicine has a large role in the Meaningful Use Initiative. Our participation is key for the success of the initiative. Please visit the meaningful use website for important communication and updates from the Meaningful Use Initiative.