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

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

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 667
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 273-3048
Administrative: (585) 276-4113
Fax: (585) 276-1128

Professional Bio

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 has 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 as the leader for the readmission prevention effort. She is the Project 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 leading a group of 10 NICUs focused on improving the care for the micro-premature infant.

Dr. Schriefer has lead teams toward many national quality awards including the The USA Today / RIT Quality Cup. The Mosby Patient Care Award, URMC Board Quality Awards and the Get Well Network Innovation Award. She has a long list of publications and has presented at many national quality meetings.

Research Bio

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.

Awards & Honors (Local)

URMC, Strong Star 2015
2015 Healthcare Association of New York State Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety - IMPACT: Inpatient Multidisciplinar 2015
Distinguished Nursing Alumnus Award, Hartwick College 2014
University of Rochester Board Quality Award - Inpatient Asthma Care | University of Rochester | Rochester, New York 2013
Community Health Improvement Award for Asthma Education 2011
University of Rochester Board Quality Award - Central Line Infection Reduction | University of Rochester Medical Center | Rochester, New York 2010
Interactive Patient Care - Pediatric Clinician Get Connected Award | Get Well Network 2009
Pew Charitable Trust IOM Doctoral Fellowship in Health Policy 1996 - 2004

Recent Journal Articles

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2015 May
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; 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. http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/?i=264059". 2015; .
Houliares, D, Taylor-Brown, S, Werth, K, Benotti, L, Schriefer J, Friedlander, J. (2105). "Using Quality Improvement Methods to Enhance Volunteer Experiences at EquiCenter. Strides – Journal for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (Path Inc.). Winter: 41-4.5 http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/?i=243228". 2015; .
Jee S; Szilagyi M; Schriefer J; Conn A; Weld J; Scribano P; Sigor L; Foreky H; Arnold-Clark J; Carmach A; Chrtraus C; LaRene A; Harmon D; Hodges K; Scahill M; Tonniges T; Shropshire D; Meister S. "Quality improvement learning collaborative to examine foster care guideline. Children and Youth Services Review." 2015; 59: 84-89.
Lisa M. Lowenstein; Kristen Brown; Donna Barrows; Tara Foti; Lori Scholer; Carla LeVant; and Jan Schriefer. "Continuous Quality Improvement in a Level IIIB NICU to Increase Human Milk Use at Day of Life 14, Day of Life 28, and Discharge." ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition. 2014; 6(3): 137-143.

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hospitalist (SMD) - Primary


Dr. P.H. | Public Health | University of Michigan2004
MSN | Nursing | University of Vermont1994
MBA | Business or Commerce | University of Vermont1990
BSN | Nursing | Hartwick College1985

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Center for Advanced Pediatric Education, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 2006