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Award for Excellence in Teamwork in Quality Improvement

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In 2008, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) introduced the Excellence in Teamwork in Quality Improvement Award.

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 HM17, 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.

Eligibility for Awards

An SHM member-led, hospital-based, quality improvement team:

  • An SHM member must be an integral part of the team
  • Team members may also include healthcare professionals in the outpatient setting
  • The team must be multidisciplinary and include at least one non-hospitalist healthcare worker or provider

While the nomination will come from an individual, the project and submission must focus on the team.

Current SHM board members and officers as well as SHM awards committee members are not eligible.

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 and 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.
  • Scope and Magnitude
    • Projects should address patient safety issues of considerable scope and magnitude, with consideration for the patient population affected and the project's risk-reduction potential (e.g., 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.
  • Transferability and Development of Portable Implementation Guidelines or Tools
    • Projects should lend themselves to being replicated at other institutions, with an emphasis on solutions that are practical, relevant and cost-effective.

Nomination Requirements and Information (nominees may be self-nominated)

Submission Requirements

All submissions require the following:

  • Complete a nomination email. The email must address the specific criteria that are the basis for evaluation of the team being considered and should include the following attachments:
    • A complete listing of the individual team members and their professional background as well as 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.

Deadline for Nominations is October 14, 2016

Submit to or Society of Hospital Medicine, Attn: Awards, 1500 Spring Garden Street, Suite 501, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Failure to submit all the required information together will result in an incomplete nomination.

Please email with any questions or for additional information.