Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

The UCSF Gastroenterology Division is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our patients by prioritizing initiatives in quality improvement and patient safety.

Our Quality Improvement Program is led by Aparajita Singh, MD, MPH as our Director of QI. Dr. Singh also champions quality and safety of patient care as a member of American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) Quality Leadership Council and the Clinical Performance Improvement Committee of UCSF Health.

Our GI Division QI Program provides a comprehensive education on quality improvement and patient safety through didactics on QI methodology, real world experience with quality improvement projects, monthly QI meetings, and participating in Morbidity and Mortality conferences. We strive to promote a culture of safety and transparency, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the quality of patient care in our division.

Our GI fellows are involved in a variety of innovative quality improvement projects, many of which have been very successful and presented at national and international meetings. These QI projects have faculty mentors with whom our fellows work closely and collaboratively. These projects are also highlighted at our Annual UCSF GI Quality Improvement Symposium.

We have a robust program to review and learn from any adverse events. Our division meets monthly to discuss these events at our Morbidity and Mortality conference. Here, both faculty and trainees collaborate to investigate the root cause of these issues and develop strategies to prevent future events. The goal of our M&M conference is to investigate patient safety issues from a variety of system-level perspectives, including foundation of clinical knowledge, practice pattern variations, and interprofessional communication.

Aparajita Singh
Aparajita Singh, MD

Director, Quality Improvement
Division of Gastroenterology, UCSF