As the Director of Quality Improvement (QI) for the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Schriefer oversees and facilitates quality initiatives to improve processes of care and outcomes. The scope of the projects ranges from outpatient, inpatient and across all services, programs and centers related to Pediatrics. Dr. Schriefer is extensively involved with training our medical students, residents, fellows and attending providers in quality improvement methods with the ultimate goal of having providers recognize the importance and value of incorporating quality initiatives within their practices.
Dr. Schriefer is the Director of Quality Improvement and the Quality Assurance Liaison (QAL) for the Department of Pediatrics. As QAL, Jan is integrally involved in quality assurance efforts, helping to facilitate case reviews, serve on Root Cause Analysis teams, manages the daily event reporting system and better connects QA and QI efforts.
Dr. Schriefer has been an integral member of our department quality team since her arrival in 2006. Dr. Schriefer has supported many of our quality improvement efforts including the community based obesity prevention and management projects, the inpatient multidisciplinary pediatric asthma care team (IMPACT) and the acquiring diagnostics at patient-centric times (ADAPT) initiative. The IMPACT team won the 2014 URMC Board Quality Award and the 2015 Health Care Association of New York Award for Patient Safety and Quality.
Dr. Schriefer works with our pediatric surgical colleagues to help reduce surgical complications. She is the coach for the Pediatric Surgery Pursuing Excellence Initiative team that is expanding resident involvement in quality and safety. Dr. Schriefer participates on many of the children's hospital Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) teams and coaches most of the Pediatric Unit Based Performance Program (UPP) teams. She is the on the URMC team that approves and oversees Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV projects and the Department Divisional QI projects. She is a Tutor in the Mastering Medical Information course for 1st year Medical Students in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She teaches QI to resident, fellows and attendings in various courses throughout the year.
Dr. Schriefer has been a faculty member and a Quality Leader for the Vermont Oxford Network (VON) Quality Improvement collaborative since 2002. She is currently the Quality Leader for a group of 9 NICUs focused on improving the care for the micro-premature infant. Dr. Schriefer works remotely for the Burlington Vermont based Vermont Oxford Network and has been instrumental in VON's Quality Improvement efforts internationally.
Dr. Schriefer has won numerous regional and national quality awards including the The USA Today / Rochester Institute of Technology Quality Cup for the UVM Early Extubation project, The Mosby Patient Safety and Quality Award, the URMC Board Quality Award, the Health Care Association of New York State Pinnacle Award for Patient Safety, the American College of Surgeons National Surgical QI Program Abstract Award, the Greater Rochester Quality Council Performance Award, the URMC Team Based Care Summit Award, the URMC Operations Excellence Lean Award and Quality and the Get Well Network Clinical Quality Innovation Award. She has a long list of peer reviewed publications and has presented at many national quality meetings.
Most recently, Dr. Schriefer was nominated to join the URMC Senior Leadership Education and Development (SLED) Program. The SLED Program brings together Associate Professor level Medical School faculty through evidenced-based, collaborative learning to develop transformational academic leaders. The goals of the program are to lead by developing others, set direction and vision, develop organizational efficiencies and implement strategic plans.
Dr. Schriefer participates in quality improvement research studies in the following areas: care of children with respiratory illness, reduction of hospital acquired infections using quality improvement bundles, the use of simulation based team training to improve teamwork and communication between providers, the use of severity scoring tools for hospitalized patients with asthma, the use of a learning collaborative for improving quality in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) and primary care for obesity management and prevention.
Dr. Schriefer's primary research colleagues include Jeffrey Horbar MD from Vermont Oxford Network (VON), James Gray MD from Dartmouth Medical School and Louis Halamek MD from Stanford University and the Center for Advanced Pediatric Education (CAPE). Dr. Schriefer collaborated with researchers and grant evaluators from John Snow Incorporated and Stephen Cook MD MPH. She assisted on research grants in the area of reducing smoke exposure for hospitalized children with Karen Wilson MD MPH and has worked on a HRSA grant in the area of epilepsy care for children as part of a Maternal Child Health Grant. Dr. Schriefer collaborated with Rita Dadiz DO on a HRSA funded grant to study teamwork and communication in the delivery room simulation lab and the surgical delivery rooms at URMC. Dr. Schriefer was involved in a Community Partnership research grant with Julie Christiansen MSW PhD at Equicenter in Mendon NY studying the impact of leisure activities for children with special health care needs.
URMC Strong Star
URMC Senior Leader Education and Development Program Nominee
Greater Rochester Quality Council Performance Award
High Performing Team Lean / Operations Excellence Silver Award
Team Based Care Summit Innovation Award
American College of Surgeons National Surgery Quality Improvement Program Award
URMC Bronze Strong Star Award
2015 Healthcare Association of New York State Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety
Distinguished Nursing Alumnus Award, Hartwick College
University of Rochester Board Quality Award - Inpatient Asthma Care
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, New York
Community Health Improvement Award for Asthma Education
University of Rochester Board Quality Award - Central Line Infection Reduction
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center
Location: Rochester, New York
Interactive Patient Care - Pediatric Clinician Get Connected Award
Sponsor: Get Well Network
1996 - 2004
Pew Charitable Trust IOM Doctoral Fellowship in Health Policy
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Robinson R; Schriefer J; Gloff M; Michels J; Webber A; Hilt S; Sanders J; Herman E. "Building a Pediatric Perioperative Surgical Home: One Patient, One Team". Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing. 2018; 7 (2): 49-59.
Schriefer, J; Sanders, J,; Michels, J, Wolcott, K; Ruddy, C.; Hanson, J. "Implementation of a pediatric orthopedic surgery bundle to reduce surgical site infections." Orthopedic Nursing. 2017; 36 (1): 49-59.
Biondi EA, Gottfried JA, Dutko Fioravanti I, Schriefer JA, Aligne CA, Leonard MS. "Interobserver reliability of attending physicians and bedside nurses when using an inpatient paediatric respiratory score." Journal of clinical nursing.. 2015 May 0; 24(9-10):1320-6. Epub 2014 Nov 25.
Books & Chapters
Book Title: Changes in Health Resource Use, Quality of Life and Productivity in Patients
Author List: Schriefer JA.
Published By: UMI 2004 in Ann Arbor, MI
Chapter Title: Integration of Settings and Services
Book Title: Current Leadership Issues in Health Care
Author List: Schriefer J.
Published By: Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations 2001 in Oakbrook, IL
Chapter Title: Report Card Criteria for Outcomes Management.
Book Title: Maintaining Quality in a Managed Care Environment
Author List: Schriefer, J.A., Kirk, R.
Published By: Aspen Publishers 1997
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