Resident quality improvement research


13th Annual Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital

Quality Improvement Research Day

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 

Noon - 4:30 pm (Zoom)

The Office of Graduate Medical Education and Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital held the 13th Annual QI Research Day program on Tuesday, April 23, via Zoom. The QI Research Day provides residents and faculty in our Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Transitional Year programs with an opportunity to showcase their outstanding QI research projects.

For the final agenda for this event, click here.  For a recording of the entire event, click here.

For the keynote presentation PPTs, click here.

The top four scorers:

1st place:  Improving Obesity Outcomes in an Academic Clinic (presented by Anoopa Mathew)
Co-authors:  David Samrah, Jahanavi Ramakrishna, Aman Saleemi, Emecheta Ajaero, Hasan Ilyas, Javaria Asif, Vesna Tegeltija,* Zain Kulairi*
2nd place:  Standardization of Inpatient Hypertension Management  (presented by Dhairya Salvi)
Co-authors:  Nour Aldaoud, Vamsi Krishna Lavu, Abdullah Yesilyaprak, Vesna Tegeltija*
3rd place:  Improving Sepsis Care in a Community Hospital  (presented by Taha Alaa)
Co-Authors:  Zachary Johnson,* Sarwan Kumar,* Vesna Tegeltija*
4th place:  Overutilization of Proton Pump Inhibitors  (presented by Tripti Nagar)
Co-authors:  Alaa Taha, Anthony Calabrese, Ayushi Garg, Vesna Tegeltija*

The top scorer from this competition conducted an in-person slide presentation on the team's QI project at the 2024 SEMCME Research Forum & QIPS Summit, held jointly as a live event on Wednesday, May 22, in Lovett Hall at the Henry Ford.  The second, third, and fourth top scorers presented a poster at this event. Internal Medicine resident Anoopa Mathew won First Place in the Poster Competition at this event!  For details, visit SEMCME or contact GME Research Coordinator Heidi Kenaga.



Brigette Lorenz, MD
Dr. Lorenz is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Obstetrics/Gynecology in the WSU School of Medicine and vice chief of the Dept. of Obstetrics/Gynecology at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital. A 1993 graduate of the WSUSOM, she completed her residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. Dr. Lorenz is certified in health care quality and management from the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review.
Sean McCormick, MD
Dr. McCormack is Assistant Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program in the WSU School of Medicine and  formerly medical director at Detroit Receiving Hospital. He serves on the emergency medicine CQI Committee and has expertise in process improvement. Dr. McCormick received his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed a residency in emergency medicine from the WSUSOM.
Michael Twiner, MD, PhD
Dr. Twiner is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Emergency Medicine in the WSU School of Medicine and practices at Detroit Receiving Hospital and Sinai Grace Hospital.  A 2016 graduate of the WSUSOM, Dr. Twiner was trained as an molecular toxicologist and has authored more than 40 research papers. His research focuses on hypertension and heart failure in underserved communities in and around Detroit.
2024 QI Research Day Keynote Speaker

Jeffrey Kline, MD
Professor and Associate Director of Research, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, WSU School of Medicine

A fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Dr. Kline currently serves as editor-in-chief of Academic Emergency Medicine. His research focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of venous thromboembolism in the emergency care setting and mentoring physician-scientists in emergency care. His keynote presentation will address "The Janus face of Gestalt decision-making."

Faculty advisors:
Sarwan Kumar, MD
Internal Medicine Program Director
Vesna Tegeltija, MD
Internal Medicine Associate Program Director
Zain Kulairi, MD
Internal Medicine clinical faculty
Joseph Vercellone, MD
Internal Medicine clinical faculty
Eleanor King, MD
Family Medicine Program Director
Andrea Milne, MD, PhD
Family Medicine Associate Program Director
Kathryn Cox, MD
Family Medicine clinical faculty
Heidi Hilton, DO
Family Medicine clinical faculty
Tess McCready, DO
Transitional Year Program Director