How to Create Your Own Project
Wondering what's involved in a self-directed PIP? It may be more straightforward than you think.
It's not a research paper or a peer-reviewed process; it's simply putting down on paper what you do every day in your practice: Constantly adjusting the way you practice to improve quality, efficiency, and ultimately, the care of your patients.
To translate this everyday activity to a PIP, you just have to plan well. Remember to record current state (or baseline) data before you begin, gather your team, put interventions in place, then measure again to get your final data.
Need some help getting started? Check out the resources below, pick an area of your practice that you’ve recently improved or could benefit from a small-scale project, and make a quality improvement today.
Download PIP Template
Use this worksheet to design and conduct your PIP. The submission form asks the same questions.Download (PDF)
View PIP Infographic
View an infographic that distills the steps (including Plan-Do-Study-Act) built into a self-directed PIP.View Infographic
This PIP earned "Outstanding PIP" recognition by the ABPMR's resident quality improvement expert, board director Christopher Garrison, MDLearn More
Watch PDSA Videos
In this video, ABPMR Board Director Dr. Christopher Garrison gives an overview of the Plan-Do-Study-Act methodology, as well as explaining a SMART Aims statement, a key component of the "Plan" step.
In this video, ABPMR Board Director Dr. Christopher Garrison delves deeper into how a SMART aims statement works by using an example aims (goal) statement and then applying the principles to make it SMARTer.
In this video, ABPMR Board Director Dr. Christopher Garrison uses a common QI project example (increase DVT prophylaxis on a rehab unit) to demonstrate some other key aspects of the Plan portion of the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle: Getting a baseline measurement and mapping your process.
In this final video in the series, ABPMR Board Director Dr. Christopher Garrison briefly covers the rest of the PDSA cycle: Once you're completed the Plan section of your project, Do, Study, then Act.