Quality & Safety Corner

The Department of Medicine's Frontiers of Medicine newsletter features a segment called the Quality & Safety Corner. We highlight those features below from each issue.


QI Portfolio Recognizes Excellence Issue 20, Fall 2015

"As a faculty member, when you apply for a promotion, it's an opportunity to reflect on your career," says Niraj Sehgal, MD, MPH, associate chair for quality improvement and … » Read More


Celebrating Efforts to Improve Patient Care Issue 19, Fall 2014

The UCSF Department of Medicine recently sponsored the fourth annual Quality and Safety Innovation Challenge, culminating in a symposium featuring posters from participating … » Read More


Philanthropy Powers Innovation Issue 18, Spring 2014

"Philanthropy is often focused around discovery of new treatments," says Niraj Sehgal, MD, MPH, the Department of Medicine's associate chair for quality and safety."… » Read More


Celebrating & Cultivating Physician-Leaders Issue 17, Fall 2013

"We often describe what faculty members do in terms of their clinical care, research and education efforts,” says Niraj Sehgal, MD, MPH, associate chair for quality improvement and patient safety."… » Read More


Improving Health Care Delivery Issue 16, Spring 2013

While many faculty are translating laboratory findings into patient treatments, other physician-scientists are studying health care systems themselves – often using UCSF as their "laboratory" to pioneer ways to improve health care delivery."UCSF has a number of faculty who are involved in what we call health services research," ... » Read More


Innovations in Outpatient Care Issue 15, Fall 2012

With the quality and safety revolution of the last decade, so much of the initial energy has been focused on the inpatient setting," says Niraj Sehgal, MD, MPH, associate chair for quality improvement and patient safety. Yet most health care is delivered in the ambulatory or outpatient setting – through clinics, rather than through hospitalizations. "We have an opportunity to proactively transform our ambulatory care systems to ... » Read More


Raising Cost Awareness Issue 14, Spring 2012

"Getting more tests does not equate to better care,” says Niraj Sehgal, MD, MPH, associate chair for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.In addition to being potentially harmful, over-ordering tests contributes to escalating health care costs. “As a lot of the national debate is highlighting, it’s not just about just about providing safe and high-quality care, but also being cost-effective, so the system can be sustained,” says ... » Read More


Highlighting InnovationIssue 13, Fall 2011

Last fall, the Department of Medicine launched its inaugural Quality and Safety Innovation Challenge, inviting teams of faculty and trainees to work together to improve patient care. The Challenge drew an enthusiastic response: 29 teams from UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC), and UCSF Fresno submitted proposals. The groups presented 24 ... » Read More


Innovation Challenge Issue 12, Spring 2011

"We sometimes assume that we are providing very good care, but we can’t improve what we don’t know,” says Niraj Sehgal, MD, MPH, the Department of Medicine’s associate chair for quality improvement and patient safety. “By focusing on quality and safety, we’re trying to assess the care we’re providing in order to improve it. That requires data and a feedback mechanism to understand what we’re doing well, and where the improvement ... » Read More