Program for Quality Improvement/Patient Safety (QIPS)

The mission of our quality and safety program is to provide patients cared for by our faculty, residents and students high quality, safe care.

The program goals include
  • Engage students, residents, fellows and faculty to learn, participate and innovate in QIPS activities
  • Develop new systems and processes that allow learners to evaluate and improve the care provided
  • Ensure that a culture of quality improvement and safety develops
  • Cultivate partnerships in research and education with other medical centers and departments

“We are a new professional group that will develop strengths in innovation and scholarship, while also providing outstanding clinical care to diverse populations on multiple campuses.“

April 11, 2014 marked the inaugural Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality and Patient Safety Day at the School of Medicine, an annual event giving students, residents, fellows and faculty an opportunity to present their research and learn from experts in the field.


Affiliated Faculty
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Laura Hempstead, D.O.
Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City Truman Medical Center – LakewoodCommunity & Family Medicine
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Research Interests

Physician attitudes towards osteopathic curricula – Survey based research.

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Jared Keeler, M.D.
  • Specialty: Internal Medicine
  • Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Internal Medicine Residency: University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Cy B. Nadler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City Children’s Mercy HospitalPediatrics
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Research Interests

I lead multiple research projects in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities: One series of projects is focused on autism and developmental screening in primary care medical settings. We have an ongoing quality improvement initiate at Children’s Mercy, which has yielded a large health database. We have use this database for additional projects related to health disparities and health outcomes related to screening. I am interested in research related to parenting and autism/developmental disabilities, health care access, health & treatment outcomes, dissemination, and the education and training of healthcare professionals about developmental disabilities. Finally, I am the site PI for a large epidemiological study on autism and developmental disabilities funded by the Centers for Disease Control.

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Kim Smolderen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor — Implementation Science Department of Biomedical & Health Informatics

Primary Research Area: Cardiovascular Outcomes

  • 2012, Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Outcomes Research PRT: American Heart Association, St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute
  • 2009, PhD in Medical Psychology, Tilburg University, Tilburg Netherlands
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Research Interest

An estimated 8 million individuals in the United States are affected by peripheral arterial disease (PAD), blockages of the leg arteries that can cause excruciating calf pain when walking. PAD can have a major impact on patients’ quality of life. It is also associated with high rates of heart attacks and premature death. While there are a number of treatments, there have been few previous studies that have prospectively examined treatment patterns for PAD or sought to systematically identify opportunities to improve care. Most importantly, there have been no rigorous studies examining the impact of the disease from patients’ perspectives-their symptoms, function, and quality of life-as a function of different patient characteristics and treatments. The PORTRAIT study (Phase II) will systematically document the treatments and health-status outcomes (symptoms, function, and quality of life) of 840 US patients from nine centers over the course of one year to address these gaps in knowledge. It will illuminate whether disparities in treatment or health-status outcomes exist as a function of a patient’s age, gender, race, or socioeconomic or psychological characteristics. As a direct deliverable, it will translate its findings-expected health status changes following PAD treatments over the course of one year-directly to patients through the development of education tools for patients with PAD who need to make a choice with regard to their treatment. As it is PCORI’s mission to assist patients, clinicians, purchasers, and policy makers in making informed health decisions with regard to diseases like PAD, PORTRAIT will substantially elevate the field and identify critical gaps in the way PAD is currently managed, including potential disparities in care, so that the quality of care can be improved. PORTRAIT will also be a critical first step in designing efficient, effective disease management programs for PAD in the future that are based on more personalized and healthcare system-oriented approaches to increase the use of evidence-based guidelines. Finally, as patients have been closely involved in the design of this study in Phase I and continue to be engaged as active advocates and experts on their disease throughout the current study, PORTRAIT will also empower patients and let them decide on what information and outcomes are most relevant for them while dealing with this burdensome condition of PAD.

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Carol Stanford, M.D.
  • Specialty: Internal Medicine
  • Bachelor of Arts: University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Internal Medicine Residency: University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Research Interests

Dermatology case report, derm research project, book chapters and articles reviewing topics in derm, internal medicine, women’s health issues, domestic violence and intimate partner violence, physician burnout, ethics, humanities, reflective writing, creative video projects, empathy and humanism.