Students will prioritize which performance measures or needs might provide the maximum benefit to patients by determining baseline data (for example, in 2015 the cervical cancer screening rate for women infected with HIV and followed at the EVMS Division of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology was ~ 30%) and assessing the needs of patients infected with HIV in the community (for example, women with HIV who do not routinely receive pap smears are at risk for cervical cancer, however compliance with annual pap smears may be impacted by lack of transportation or childcare, inadequate knowledge about risks, or a shortage of medical providers). With their team, students will create a project that serves to improve our performance in the selected measure. They will learn how to implement the project, assess the outcome and identify challenges, and then determine future objectives. One example of this approach is the “plan-do-study-act” model.
The objectives of this project include:
- Identify resources and develop strategies to assess the needs of individuals living with HIV in the community. Potential options include visiting AIDS Service Organizations or talking with clinic case managers, attending various support groups to interview individuals living with HIV, providing surveys to clinic patients, or participating in Norfolk Planning Council or EVMS HIV Quality Improvement Committee meetings.
- Build skills and confidence with communicating about sensitive topics with individuals impacted by HIV.
- Recognize barriers to obtaining optimal HIV medical care.
- Develop an advanced understanding of how to design, implement, and evaluate quality improvement projects.
- Improve the outcomes on selected performance measures impacting individuals living with HIV in our community.
Learn more about EVMS Medical Education Service Learning requirements.