I am thrilled to be the GME Chief Resident for Quality and Safety for this academic year. I have completed my first year of fellowship in the Infectious Diseases program at Duke after completing Internal Medicine residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati.
During residency, I was a member of the quality improvement group in our clinic wherein we utilized QI tools to lower the rate of uncontrolled hyperglycemia in patients with diabetes. Through this work, I recognized the power of QI to bring the latest scientific data and evidence-based care to vulnerable patients in equitable ways. As a Chief Resident in Cincinnati, I was able to further explore my interest in quality improvement by working with an interdisciplinary team to minimize physician team handoffs in a geographic wards model.
As an ID fellow at Duke, I have been inspired to continue evaluating and improving systems of complex care delivery. The CRQS role is a unique opportunity to develop and formalize my knowledge and skills in the areas of patient safety and quality improvement. This skill set is essential to providing high-value patient care that is equitable and safe and will be foundational for my future career developing and studying mechanisms of high-quality care. Presently, I am working on a project with our infectious diseases clinic team to optimize the delivery of outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy. As an aspiring educator, I am also looking forward to the opportunity to mentor residents and fellows from a variety of departments in their quality improvement work on the GME Patient Safety and Quality Committee.
Molly Hillenbrand, MD
GME Chief Resident for Quality and Safety, 2022-2023
Infectious Diseases Fellow
Duke University Hospital