Apply Today to Win the 2022 ACEP QI Challenge

Have you developed an impactful and creative way to address disparities in care in your emergency department?

Perhaps your team has come up with a unique way to meet the Choosing Wisely quality initiatives?

Share your solutions and showcase your department’s commitment to quality improvement by joining the ACEP QI Challenge.

Submit Your Project Today

ACEP’s QI Challenge recognizes and spotlights quality improvement and patient safety projects within emergency medicine.

Organized by ACEP’s Quality & Patient Safety Committee and the Section of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, the QI Challenge focuses on three domains:

  • Addressing Disparities in Care
  • Focusing on ACEP’s Choosing Wisely recommendations
  • Led by trainees (medical students, residents, and fellows)

Challenge organizers will review all submitted projects using a standard scoring rubric. One winner in each of the three domains will be recognized at ACEP22, in the QIPS Section newsletter and various other ACEP communication channels.

Projects will be judged on their overall impact, relevance to one of the three categories, and improvement science methodology. And the submitted projects must have been completed within the last 2 years.

These resources can help you get started -

QI Challenge Scoring Sheet

Submission Example

Flyer to post in your ED

Applications are due May 31, 2022.


Get Inspired by the 2021 ACEP QI Challenge Award Winners

Reducing Disparities: Providing Post Emergency Care (ProPEr Care) Virtually

Christina Vitto, MD and William Burke Best, MD
VCU Medical Center, Richmond VA

The VCU team created a program where EM professionals could refer a patient with chronic disease management to a virtual clinic (rather than a traditional in-person visit) and ensure they were contacted within 7-14 days after ED discharge to serve a bridge until a connection was established between the patient and a primary care physician.

Choosing Wisely: Better than Benzos: Decreasing Benzodiazepine Use in the Elderly

John Quinn, MD; Katrina Stime, MD; Alia Church, MD; Jahan Fahimi, MD; et al
UCSF, San Francisco CA

The team at UCSF used multiple tools and techniques based on evidence-based best practices at managing agitation in the ED and implemented educational interventions to help positively impact emergency physician and nurse behavior and favorably influence discharge rates.

Resident/Fellow: Emergency Medicine Resident Weekly Academic Lecture Review Optimization

Josh Lesko, MD; Daphine Ponce, MD; Vanda Rich
Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA

The team at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth improved their resident response rate for lecture feedback by developing a process flow map and revising the feedback submission system to track participation and identify weak points

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