Bootcamp in Sustainable Quality


For faculty & trainees at Schulich Medicine, Western University looking to acquire proficiency in the fundamentals of executing a quality improvement project, we offer a group project-based one-year curriculum. This co-learning (residents and faculty learn together) curriculum introduces learners to quality improvement principles through a variety of innovative educational platforms. Participants are expected to produce at minimum a poster for resident research day, and many have gone on to share their work at national and international conferences. Visit the course website to learn more.

View the poster presentations for 2021-2022



Improving Blood Work Availability Ahead of Post-Op ENT Clinics

AIM Statement: Reduce the percentage of patient encounters in the Endocrine Post-Op ENT clinic in which patients have not completed their blood work within 1 day to 2 weeks prior to their appointment, by 50% by April 1, 2022.

Drs. Wei Wang, Lindsey Chow, Hernan Franco, Kristin Clemens (Faculty Lead)


Improving Bowel Preparation for Inpatient Colonoscopies Using the Model For Continuous Improvement

AIM Statement: Increase the percentage of adequate inpatient bowel preparation to above 90% by May 2022.

Drs. Khaled Alazemi, Adbulaziz Almudaires, Betty Cai, Vadim Iablokov, Hasib Rahman, Mayur Brahmania (Faculty Lead)


Inpatient Endoscopy Throughput: A Quality Improvement Initiative

AIM Statement: By July 2022, we will increase endoscopy throughput by a least 1 procedure per day to reduce the utilization of on-call/weekend endoscopy.

Drs. David Hudson, Ziad Hindi, Christopher Lavalle, Mohammed Alsager, Abdulaziz Alajmi, Mayur Brahmania (Faculty Lead)


Fractured Management: Appropriate Pharmacological Prescribing for New Fragility Fractures

AIM Statement: By July 2022, increase in proportion of patients that have been consulted to GIM for perioperative assessment of fragility fracture to start an actionable plan for medication start at discharge, from 29% to 100%.

Drs. James Boudreau, Carley Campbell, Mathias Fricot, Zahra Merali, Christina Vailaveettil, Saira Zafar (Faculty Lead)


Obesity and GLP-1 Use in Multicare Kidney Clinics

AIM Statement: To increase the prescription rate of GLP-1a in qualifying CKD stage 3-5 patients with diabetes and obesity presenting to the London MultiCare kidney Cinic, by May 2022.

Drs. Adam Bloom, Yasaman Torabi, Fawaz Alanazi, Mohammed Bukhari, Kristin Clemens (Faculty Lead)


Improving INR Control Amongst Patients in a Specialized Warfarin Clinic

AIM Statement: By May 2022, decrease the proportion of high-risk warfarin patients with low time in range from 55% to 25%.

Drs. David Maj, Steve Gryn (Faculty Lead)


Promoting Smoking Cessation in Patients with Non-Traumatic Lower Limb Amputations

AIM Statement: To increase the percentage of individuals with non-traumatic amputations who receive comprehensive smoking-cessation counselling in the Parkwood Institute Amputee Rehab Program by 50% by July 30, 2022.

Drs. Carmen Baker, Ali Bateman (Faculty Lead)


Inpatient initiation of pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation

AIM Statement: By June 2023, increase the rate of initiation of smoking cessation therapies by 20% following prescription.

Abdallah Bin Maither, Max Deschner, Rock Hou, Ali Malik, Mike Nicholson (Faculty Lead)

View the poster presentations for 2022-2023



Improving Pulmonary Pressure Estimation by Echocardiogram at LHSC

AIM Statement: We aim to improve the echographic estimation of pulmonary arterial pressure for all patients receiving an echocardiogram, especially for patients having a referral question asking to screen for pulmonary hypertension and patients with cardiac transplant.

Drs. Ping Yu Xiong, Zachary Singer, Dimitar Saveski, Neville Suskin (Faculty Lead)


Reducing Clinic Wait times for Higher Priority Referrals to the Osteoporosis and Bone Disease Program

AIM Statement:To reduce the average wait time of High Priority Referrals to 120 days over 1 year.

Drs. Aisha Yusuf Ibrahim, Cassandra Hawco, Jeffery Tong, Kristin K Clemens (Faculty Lead)


Reducing Laboratory Waste: An Approach to Reducing Unnecessary Gamma Glutamyl Transferase (GGT) Testing in the Inpatient Setting

AIM Statement:We aim to reduce the inappropriate testing of GGT for inpatients at London Health Science Centre (LHSC) with the goal of GGT:ALP ratio <0.25 within 6-8 months.

Drs. Gurpreet Malhi, Hasan Bualbanat, Nisha Howarth, Tamoor Afzaal, Raed Al-Ramadan, Anouar Teriaky (Faculty Lead)


Improving communication of post-discharge follow up plans to family physicians for patients assessed by consult medicine.

AIM Statement:Improve the rates of consult medicine sign-off notes being copied to family physicians to 100%.

Drs. Eden Liu, Aaron Leung, Darren Yau, Saira Zafar (Faculty Lead)


Improving Efficiency of Paracentesis Procedures in the CTU setting at Victoria Hospital

AIM Statement: Reduce the time required to gather equipment for a paracentesis by residents on the CTU service at VH by 25% in 8 months time.

Drs. Ahmed Zaki, Rajiv Lakhani, Hamza Mahmood, Saira Zafar (Faculty Lead)


Discontinuing Prolonged VTE Prophylaxis in Inpatients with SCI: A Quality Improvement Initiative

AIM Statement:To decrease the percentage of patients with newly diagnosed SCI admitted to 4AE SCI Parkwood Institute who receive prolonged VTE prophylaxis from 48% to 30% by May 30th 2023.

Drs. Lauren Cormier, Heather Mackenzie, Ali Bateman (Faculty Lead)


Optimizing the treatment of iron deficiency in end-stage renal disease at London Health Sciences Centre

AIM Statement:By June 2024, we aim to decrease the proportion of hemodialysis patients with iron deficiency by 20%.

Drs. Zhubo D. Zhang, Joey Liu, Mohammad Faraz, Dilraj Sanghera, Omar Assiri, Abdulaziz Bari, & Michael Chiu (Faculty Lead)


Improving Palliative Care Referrals For Patients With Advanced Cancer in Pleural Disease and DAP Clinics

AIM Statement:Increase referrals of patients with locally advanced or metastatic lung cancer in the Diagnostic Assessment Program (DAP) to Palliative Care by 25% by March 2023.

Drs. Jaymee Shell, Shayan Kassirian, Yassmin Behzadian, Inderdeep Dhaliwal (Faculty Lead)


Geriatrics screening and assessments in new elderly patients in outpatient malignant hematology clinics and applying the results in patient-centred treatment decisions

AIM Statement: By December 2023, all elderly patients >65yo in LRCP malignant hematology clinics will have a Geriatrics 8 screening assessment as part of initial consultation.

Drs. Aatif Qureshi, Mohammed Abu Farhaneh, Alan Gob (Faculty Lead)