Healthcare Delivery Sciences Track (Formerly Quality & Safety)

Healthcare Delivery Sciences Track Overview

The Healthcare Delivery Sciences Track (HDST) is a comprehensive, four-year curriculum in quality improvement (QI) and safety that is integrated into the Scholarship & Discovery curriculum. The ideal healthcare system includes not just the discovery of new medication and technology, but the ability to deliver high quality healthcare to every individual regardless of geographic location, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic, or insurance status. Recent data and seminal reports from the Institute of Medicine highlight that the US healthcare system does not provide the level of quality and safety of care that it should. 

The HDST combines didactic, seminar, clinical, and research components with the goal of providing students the skills to function more effectively in any healthcare setting. This work involved not only individual patients, but also health systems and institutions. 

For students who wish to be future physician leaders in quality and safety, pursuing the HDST will provide the opportunity to receive advanced training, conduct a mentored QI project, and connect with quality and safety leaders institutionally and nationally. Further, students in the HDST have the opportunity to participate with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) Open School U of C chapter, as well as engage in online experiences with improvehealthcare.org. You can read about the success of the HDST in The Quality and Safety Track: Training Future Physician Leaders, which was published in the American Journal of Medical Quality. 


HDST Resources

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Meet the Track Leaders

Julie Oyler, MD

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Dr. Oyler is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency program and a primary care physician in the Section of General Internal Medicine at University of Chicago Medicine. With HDST co-leader Dr. Lisa Vinci, she led an award-winning quality improvement curriculum for Internal Medicine residents throughout the past several years. Dr. Oyler has evaluated the impact of this curriculum on quality improvement knowledge, skills, and sustainability at the one year marker.

Lisa Vinci, MD, MS

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Dr. Vinci is Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of the Primary Care Group and Vice Chair of Ambulatory Operations for the Department of Medicine at University of Chicago Medicine.  She is keenly focused on Quality & Safety -- with HDST co-leader Dr. Julie Oyler, she has taught residents in an award-winning curriculum, and also expanded this to faculty, pharmacists, and other staff.  Dr. Vinci also earned her Master's Degree in Quality & Safety from Northwestern University.


Healthcare Delivery Sciences Student Ambassadors

Sam Espinosa

COPD Readmissions Reduction Program: Barriers and Challenges Post-Discharge

Mentored by Dr. Valerie Press, MD, MPH Department of Medicine, Section of General Internal Medicine

Kathleen Wiest

Hospital Horror Story: Use of Simulation to Assess Incoming Interns' Recognition of Hospital Hazards

Mentored by Dr. Vinny Arora, MD, MAPP, Department of Medicine, Section of General Internal Medicine


Student Work

Sam Espinosa

COPD Readmissions Reduction Program: Barriers and Challenges Post-Discharge (poster)

COPD Readmissions Reduction Program: Barriers and Challenges Post-Discharge (conference abstract)

Kathleen Wiest

Use of Simulation to Assess Incoming Interns' Recognition of Opportunities to Choose Wisely (publication)

Hospital Horror Story: Use of Simulation to Assess Interns' Recognition of Opportunities to Choose Wisely (poster)