National Initiatives Focus on Quality and Safety

As the official journal of the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC), Ochsner Journal is proud to publish the special issue Proceedings of National Initiative IV.

National Initiatives are 18-month collaborative projects that bring together graduate medical education staff, senior administrative staff, and residents at major academic medical centers. Residents play an important role in patient care at teaching institutions; however, they are generally not involved in a hospital’s safety and quality efforts. The AIAMC recognized that resident quality improvement efforts had the potential to improve care quickly and effectively and developed the National Initiatives to involve residents directly in meaningful quality and safety projects.

National Initiative IV focused on navigating the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Clinical Learning Environment Review program. The Spring 2016 Proceedings issue presents the abstracts and work plans for National Initiative IV projects at 31 teaching hospitals across the United States.

The AIAMC was founded in 1989 as a national network of large academic medical centers. Membership in the association is unique in that AIAMC members are affiliated with medical schools but are independent of medical school ownership or governance. Seventy-eight major medical centers across the United States are members, representing more than 700 senior academic leaders. Fifty-five hospitals and health systems and more than 450 individuals have participated in the AIAMC National Initiatives since 2007 and have driven change that resulted in meaningful and sustainable outcomes that improved the quality and safety of patient care.

Ochsner Journal is also proud to have published a special Proceedings of National Initiative III supplement in Spring 2014.