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Janice A. Schriefer, M.B.A., Dr.P.H.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 276-4113

Administrative: (585) 276-4113

Office: (585) 273-3048

Fax: (585) 276-1128

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As the Director of Quality Improvement for the Department of Pediatricsl, 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.

Professional Background

Dr. Schriefer is the Director of Quality Improvement and the Quality Assurance Liason (QAL) for the Department of Pediatrics. As QAL, Jan is integrally involved in quality assurance efforts, helping to facilitate case reviews, manage event reports and better connect 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 site infections (SSIs). Dr. Schriefer most recently joined the children's hospital Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) team on the readmission prevention effort. She is the Project Co-Coordinator for the American Board of Pediatrics Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV projects focused on preventing readmissions. 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.

Dr. Schriefer has been a faculty member for the Vermont Oxford Network (VON) Quality Improvement collaborative since 2001. She is currently the Quality Leader for a group of 10 NICUs focused on improving the care for the micro-premature infant.

Dr. Schriefer won numerous national awards including the The USA Today / Rochester Institute of Technology Quality Cup. The Mosby Patient Care Award, URMC Board Quality Award, Health Care Association of New York State Pinnacle Award for Patient Safety and Quality and the Get Well Network Clinical Innovation Award. She has a long list of publications and has presented at many national quality meetings.


Dr. Schriefer participates in quality improvement and 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 at URMC include Jeffrey Horbar MD from Vermont Oxford Network (VON), James Gray MD from Dartmouth Medicine 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 are Stephen Cook MD MPH, Jeffrey Horbar MD from Vermont Oxford Network (VON) and Louis Halamek MD from Stanford University and the Center for Advanced Pediatric Education (CAPE). She has 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 researchers and grant evaluators from John Snow Incorporated. 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.

Currently, Dr. Schriefer is involved in a Community Partnership grant with Julie Christiansen MSW PhD at Equicenter in Mendon NY studying the impact of leisure activities for children with special health care needs.


Faculty Appointments


BSN | Hartwick College

MBA | University of Vermont
Business or Commerce

MSN | University of Vermont

Dr. P.H. | University of Michigan
Public Health

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/2004 - 06/2006
Center for Advanced Pediatric Education, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA


URMC, Strong Star

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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Journal Articles

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.

Schriefer J, Christiansen J, Atkinson SA. (2015). "A great idea: Staff Satisfaction Survey. Strides – Journal for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (Path Inc.). Summer: 46-48.". 2015; .

Books & Chapters

Book Title: Changes in Health Resource Use, Quality of Life and Productivity in Patients
Author List: Schriefer JA.
Published By: UMI2004 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 Organizations2001 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 Publishers1997