Using Quality Improvement in Resident Education to Improve Transition Care

Pediatr Ann. 2017 May 1;46(5):e203-e206. doi: 10.3928/19382359-20170426-01.


The importance of a specific transition process is recognized by many health organizations. Got Transition, a cooperative endeavor aimed at improving the transition from pediatric to adult health care, developed Six Core Elements defining the basic components of health care transition support. In this article, we review the Six Core Elements by presenting a model that combines resident quality improvement and transition care training. In this Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program, ambulatory training for residents takes place in a combined adult and pediatric clinic. Aligned with the Six Core Elements, the program has crafted and disseminated a transition policy for the practice, designed a portable health summary template for the electronic medical record (EMR), created EMR tools for assessing transition readiness and setting transition goals, formed a registry of patients, and audited charts. [Pediatr Ann. 2017;46(5):e203-e206.].

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Humans
  • Internal Medicine / economics*
  • Internal Medicine / organization & administration
  • Internship and Residency / standards*
  • Pediatrics / education*
  • Pediatrics / organization & administration
  • Quality Improvement*
  • Transition to Adult Care / organization & administration
  • Transition to Adult Care / standards*
  • United States
  • Young Adult