Aaron Mitchell, MD, senior assistant resident, has been chosen to be the Durham VA Medical Center chief resident for quality improvement and patient safety for 2014-15.
Dr. Mitchell will be part of a network of such chief residents across the country who will be leading QI projects, receiving expert training from mentors and participating in a national curriculum meant to help usher in a new generation of QI leaders who will help residents implement QI initiatives. He will work closely with David Simel, MD, vice chair for Veterans Affairs in the Department of Medicine, Ryan Schulteis, MD, the first to serve in the chief resident role, and current chief Joel Boggan, MD, MPH.
Dr. Simel said second- and third-year residents interested in the chief resident position should have a passion for quality improvement, teamwork and systems thinking.
“Residents also need to be committed to doing the didactic work that it takes to learn the skills and techniques required for understanding statistical process control, team building, and negotiating to get to consensus,” Simel said. “Aaron fit all those parameters and Drs. Schulteis, Boggan, and I are looking forward to working with him in the coming year.”