Quality Improvement Awards

2024 APSF Trainee Quality Improvement (TQI) Recognition Program

1st Place, 2018 - Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists - Lauren Easterbrook, RN, BSN, Mayo Clinic-Nurse Anesthesia Program, "Improving Medication Handoff Practices Between PACU RNs and Anesthesia Providers"

1st Place, 2018 – Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists – Lauren Easterbrook, RN, BSN, Mayo Clinic-Nurse Anesthesia Program, “Improving Medication Handoff Practices Between PACU RNs and Anesthesia Providers”

The APSF Committee on Education and Training, under the direction of APSF leadership, proudly announces the relaunched APSF Trainee Quality Improvement (TQI) Program. The 2024 program hosts tracts for Physician Anesthesiology residents, Nurse Anesthesia students/residents and Anesthesiologist Assistant students.

Participant eligibility will include all current trainees and those who graduated in the immediately prior academic year (e.g., those who graduated in 2023 & 2024 are eligible to submit their work for the 2024 program). APSF invites all US and Canadian anesthesia professionals in training to demonstrate their program’s work in patient safety and QI initiatives.

1st Place, 2018 – Anesthesia Residents – Daniel Wong, M.D., Montefiore Medical Center, “Intraoperative Cephazolin Redosing – Practice Review and Improvement”

1st Place, 2018 – Anesthesia Residents – Daniel Wong, M.D., Montefiore Medical Center, “Intraoperative Cephazolin Redosing – Practice Review and Improvement”

Also new for 2024, applicants may independently determine the best media to submit their project summary. Acceptable formats include a document or audio/video recording.

The winner in each tract will be notified on, or about, August 1, 2024. APSF will sponsor (airfare, hotel) each of the winners to attend the 2024 Stoelting Conference in Somerville, Massachusetts to present their work. Sponsorship will be limited to the principle author or his/her designee. The winning submissions will also be uploaded to the APSF website following the Stoelting Conference.

Supplemental Information for Video Submissions. Valid video submissions shall contain a video abstract created on a mobile, or other recording, device of the individual’s choice. A maximum time limit of 4 minutes per abstract is allowed, thereby allowing 3 minutes for abstract presentation and 1 minute for discussion. The video must be in MP4 or WMV. Maximum file size allowed is 250 MB.

Submission Process.

  • Create a document (Word, PowerPoint or PDF) or audio/video showcasing your patient safety and quality improvement innovation
  • Send a brief email notification of your completed submission to the APSF QI Committee at [email protected]. After receiving your email, the TQI Committee will send a link and brief instructions to upload your submission.

Project submission deadline: June 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST

In fairness to all programs, incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted. Please email any inquiries to [email protected]. A committee member will promptly respond.

The APSF is excited to relaunch the TQI Program. All trainees are encouraged to submit their best work and strongly support the APSF Vision – That no one shall be harmed by anesthesia care.