Practice Quality Improvement Projects

In accordance with the American Board of Radiology requirements for Practice Quality Improvement (PQI) projects during the MOC process, the program added a PQI component for first year residents to train residents so they are familiar with the process.

During the first three months of the program, residents identify a project they would like to develop and form a team composed of the resident, a faculty physician, technologists and/or nurses.

Team Member Responsibilities

Resident/Team Leader

  • Responsible for helping to identify the problem and ways to study the problem and potential solutions
  • Recruits appropriate technologist/nursing expertise and collaborates with those people to perform the improvement initiative
  • Documents each step of the way
  • Creates and presents a poster during the annual University of Minnesota Radiology Research Symposium outlining their project


  • Helps the resident/team leader to identify a problem, ways to study the problem/solution and the technologist/nurse with expertise in that area
  • Reviews and critiques work produced by the resident
  • Technical expert with means to affect a change
  • Provides feedback to the resident and faculty during the project development phase
  • Collaborates with resident to complete the project/solution

Communication takes place verbally in meetings and over the phone. The PQI Development Form is a written form of communication completed at the outset by the resident and reviewed by the faculty. It is used by all parties as a road-map while completing the project. Many emails are written over the course of the project. Finally, the project is summarized in a poster which educates others in the department during the Annual Research Symposium.

Research Symposium Best Posters

2017 - "Utilization of Radiograph Markers for Imaging of the Trauma Patient" by Ryan Murphy, MD

2016 - "Pulmonary Embolic Disease in the ED and the PCTA a Retrospective Study at Hennepin County Medical Center" by Chris Smith, D.O. 

2015 - "Optimizing Chest Radiograph Collimation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: a departmental internal quality control initiative" by Robben Schat, D.O. 

Other PQI Projects

Improving the Interventional Radiology Order Sets at the V.A. Medical Center

Standardizing the Axillary Ultrasound Examination

Increasing Radiologist Efficiency by Incorporating Patient Forms into PACS

Updating the Mammogram Screening Questionnaire

Improving Competency of Body CT Protocoling by Radiology Residents

The Modern VQ Scan: a Retrospective Review of its Utility in Diagnosing PE at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center

Improving the Usage of Correct Verbiage in CT Reports for Interstitial Lung Disease

Optimizing Breast MRI Quality and Minimizing Motion-Induced Artifacts at University of Minnesota-Breast Center and Fairview-Maple Grove Breast Center

Do Standardized Protocols and Reporting Templates Improve Oral Fluoroscopic Practice?