Customizable Option from ABPMR

Resources for the Self-Directed PIP

There are a few great reasons to choose the ABPMR self-directed PIP option:

  • Customized to your practice - The ABPMR self-directed PIP is completely customizable to your practice and allows you to choose an issue that matters to you
  • Flexibility - The ABPMR self-directed PIP is flexible with timing and has no lock-out period
  • Cost - There is no additional cost to you to use the resources and detailed form on the ABPMR website



The ABPMR recently introduced eight all-new Guided PIPs to give just a little more support for those completing a PIP using the free self-directed option.

The eight new project topics are based on the new, shortened ABPMR self-directed PIP form. All the questions are the same, but the Guided PIPs include prompts before each question to help guide diplomates in the plan-do-study-act (PDSA) cycle for PIPs.

The eight Guided PIP forms feature some of the top topics identified by ABPMR quality improvement experts — meaning they’re topics that are used often by ABPMR diplomates, and can be easily adapted to a wide variety of practices. These topics include (click the name to download a PDF worksheet):

To access these Guided PIPs, create an account at the new ABPMR PIP Submission Platform site. Read more about these changes in a News Center article here.

How to Create Your Own Project

Personalized PIP

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 Worksheet

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

PIP Spotlight

Click here to view examples of successful PIP projects by your peers.

View PIP Spotlights

Submit a PIP

Use this form at the Fluid Review site to submit your Self-Directed PIP.

Submit a PIP

Watch PDSA Videos

  • Video #2

    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.

  • Video #1 Video #3

    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.

  • Video #2 Video #4

    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.

  • Video #3

    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.