Team Action Projects in Surgery

Development of Team Action Projects in Surgery (TAPS)

The Department of Surgery seeks to develop an innovative and team-based approach to quality improvements and safety initiatives, integrating house officers and student into diverse multi-level teams. By leveraging learners at the undergraduate level, early exposure to leadership and quality improvement opportunities in health care are merged into a cohesive learning pathway.

Each TAPS team will consist of one faculty mentor, one or two resident trainees, and multiple students at the undergraduate and medical school level. Using formal Lean training and principles to conceptualize focus areas for improvement, four areas for quality improvement have been identified for this pilot: (1) decreasing length of stay and improving pain control following living kidney donation, (2) optimizing prophylaxis pathway implementation to prevent blood clots in critically ill patients, (3) improving communication among multiple teams caring for emergency general surgery patients, and (4) standardizing treatment of Clostridium difficile colitis, a common hospital-acquired infection.

The primary goal is to integrate the use of undergraduate student into TAPS and to evaluate and validate the value of such experiences.
Team Action Projects in Surgery graphicWaits SA, Reames BN, Krell RW, Bryner B, Shih T, Obi AT, Henke PK, Minter RM, Englesbe MJ, Wong SL. Development of Team Action Projects in Surgery (TAPS): a multilevel team-based approach to teaching quality improvement. J Surg Ed 2014;72(2):166-168.
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Project Team:

Terry Shih, M.D., House Officer, Medical School Department of Surgery
Seth A. Waits, M.D., House Officer, Medical School Department of Surgery
Sandra L. Wong, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Clinical Affairs, Medical School Department of Surgery