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Practice Innovation Award

The award will recognize leaders of practice innovations who have improved care within the “quality” domains of the 2000 IOM Crossing the Quality Chasm report: safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, timeliness, efficiency and equality, or the Patient Centered Medical Home goals of accessible, coordinated, patient centered, team based, and comprehensive care.

The award will recognize general internists and their organization (see below) that have successfully developed and implemented innovative systems of practice improvement in ambulatory and/or inpatient clinical practice. 


Who Should be Nominated?

  1. SGIM or ACLGIM member. 
  2. Group practices
  3. Hospital departments, units, or divisions
  4. Medical schools
  5. Health centers which are principally primary care or general medical, AND who have one or more SGIM members in practice management leadership roles, are eligible to apply.

Resident teaching in the practice is not required but evidence of ongoing professional and organizational learning is important.

SGIM members involved in the judging of this award or other SGIM innovation, quality or safety awards are not eligible during the award year.

What Do I Need to Nominate?

The goal of the award is to promote innovation and quality improvement in general medical and primary care practice design and management through recognition of role model practices.  

The following documents are needed:

  1. Practice Background
  2. Management Systems
  3. Organizational Performance
  4. Current Teaching Activities
  5. Other Supporting Documents

Applicants will be judged upon how they have

  1. Implemented practice redesign to improve key performance issues in their organization and how the concepts of innovative management have been taught to residents, students or colleagues.
  2. Applied practice innovation to measurably and sustainably improves care in one or more domains of importance to their organization.


Judging and Selection Committee

Judging will assess each application's use of innovation, systematic deployment, and performance measurement in pursuit of their organizational goals, and how this will allow them to serve as a role model for other organizations. The SGIM Clinical Practice Innovation and Quality Award will be judged by a committee appointed by the SGIM Council under the direction of the Chair of the Clinical Practice Committee.


The Award

The recipient(s) will be recognized with a plaque at the national meeting. SGIM welcomes recipient(s) to submit a workshop for presentation at the next year’s SGIM national meeting and encourages recipients to submit a suitable manuscript for publication in JGIM or the Forum; though as with other manuscript submissions, we cannot guarantee acceptance for presentation or publication. Recipient(s) will be expected to welcome site visits from other SGIM members in order to further demonstrate and promote generalizability of their successes. Further, the recipients agree to allow distribution of their proposal on the SGIM Improving Care website for national dissemination.

Annual Meeting registration fees will be waived for up to two attendees.

2020 Quality and Practice Innovation Award Winner
 Mitesh Patel, MBA, MD, MS
(University of Pennsylvania Health System-Penn Nudge Unit)

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Important Dates 

October 19, 2020

Award nominations open

December 31, 2020

Award nominations close

February 25, 2021

All award recipients are notified  

April 20-23, 2021

Award presentations and acknowledgements at the 2020 Virtual SGIM Annual Meeting

Past Recipients

Mount Sinai High Value Care Team
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

2019

UPMC Health Plan and the University of Pittsburgh Physicians- Division of GIM (UPP-GIM) / Enhanced Care Program (ECP)

2018

Boston Medical Center - GIM / Clinical Addiction Research (CARE) Unit

2017
   
University of Pittsburgh Physicians - General Internal Medicine  2016
   
The Massachusetts General Physicians Organization  2015 
   
Brigham and Women's Advance Primary Care Associates

2014

   
St Joseph's Hospital &
Medical Center-Phoenix, AZ

2013 

   
Wake Forest School of Medicine 2012
   
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation's Division of GIM 2011
   
University of Cinnicinnati Academic Health Center 2010
   
University of Chicago Primary Care Group 2009
   
Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program 2008