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Award of Excellence

Excellence in Teamwork in Quality Improvement

Unlike the awards presented to individual recipients, this award is presented in recognition of exemplary quality improvement initiatives in hospital medicine that engage the full patient care team. The award is intended to highlight outstanding team approaches to implementing interventions that improve patient care and safety.

SHM encourages submission of all multidisciplinary team projects but is particularly interested in projects related to the core competencies in hospital medicine and SHM’s quality improvement resource rooms. Preference will be given to those team projects that demonstrate excellence in successfully implementing quality improvement interventions.

Recipients of the Excellence in Teamwork in Quality Improvement Award receive recognition at HM18, complimentary registration for all team members and travel reimbursement for team members up to $3,000 to include hotel, airfare, and transportation to and from the meeting.

Criteria for Evaluation

Submissions may be related to any aspect of quality improvement and each submission will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Broad-Based Participation & Team Approach
    • Projects should demonstrate involvement of members from various healthcare delivery and support disciplines. The team, not an individual, should be the focus of the project
    • SHM member must be involved in the leadership of the team (Be a chair/co chair/team leader/etc.)
  • Scope and Magnitude
    • Projects should address patient safety issues of considerable scope and magnitude, and with consideration for the patient population affected and the project’s risk reduction potential (i.e., potential impact on the frequency and/or severity of harm)
  • Measurability
    • The impact of the project should be measurable and sustainable. Measures may be leading or lagging, evidence-based or consensus-based indicators of success including those related to structure and process, with a bias toward those that demonstrate a change in outcomes

Submission Requirements

All submissions for this award require the following:

  • Nomination Cover Letter.
      • A complete listing of the individual team members, their professional backgrounds and their roles in the team project.
      • Information about the team and/or process not included in the abstract, including:
        • The nature/process of the collaboration, roles of team players, and how the program improved system processes and patient outcomes (include process and outcomes measures)
        • The innovative aspect of the collaborative approach
        • The portability/transferability of the intervention to other institutions
  • Abstract
    • Limited to 2,500 words (abstracts greater than 2,500 words will not be accepted) To include:
    • Background
    • Detailed methods addressing:
      • How the team worked together
      • How goals were attained
      • How local culture affected the process and outcomes
    • Results and conclusions
      • Results should clearly define how data was collected and who collected it
      • Data should be presented in tabular or graphic format
  • At least one, but no more than two, letters of support from a senior hospital administrator (e.g., Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Medical Officer, Director of Quality Improvement, or equivalent leader) from the institution where the project was implemented. (If more than two letters are submitted, the team lead nominee will be contacted to specify which should be considered. Each letter should indicate if confidentiality of content is waived.)
  • Up to two letters may also be submitted from other institutions that have adopted the intervention. (If more than two letters are submitted, the team lead nominee will be contacted to specify which should be considered. Each letter should indicate if confidentiality of content is waived.)
  • Disclosure statement indicating any direct, indirect, or pending project or faculty support from sources outside the home institution

This award represents the finest teamwork throughout the United States’ hospitalist community and is a wonderful opportunity to showcase a hospital's or institution's “best” to colleagues and peers.

Nominations are now closed for 2017.

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