Lean Belt Certification: Pathway for Student, Resident, and Faculty Development and Scholarship

Alhasan N. Elghouche, Brian C. Lobo, Todd J. Wannemuehler, Kimberly E. Johnson, Bruce H. Matt, Heather K. Woodward-Hagg, Mimi S. Kokoska

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Since July 2013, 20 trainee participants have completed the quality improvement curriculum within the Indiana University Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, including 7 otolaryngology residents, 6 otolaryngology-bound medical students, and 7 psychiatry residents. Nine faculty and staff attended. Participants were highly satisfied with the quality and effectiveness of the program. Following program implementation, 2 otolaryngology residents and 2 medical students initiated their own quality improvement projects. Lean training directly resulted in oral and poster presentations at national conferences, journal publications, and institutional research and quality awards. Students completing the program established a local affiliate group of an international health care quality organization. Quality improvement training can be successfully incorporated into residency training with overwhelming program satisfaction and results in greater scholarly and professional development for motivated participants. The skillset acquired by participants leads to projects that improve patient care, increase value, and justify equipment and personnel retention and expansion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)785-788
Number of pages4
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016



  • Lean
  • education
  • improvement
  • quality
  • residency
  • safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Elghouche, A. N., Lobo, B. C., Wannemuehler, T. J., Johnson, K. E., Matt, B. H., Woodward-Hagg, H. K., & Kokoska, M. S. (2016). Lean Belt Certification: Pathway for Student, Resident, and Faculty Development and Scholarship. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States), 154(5), 785-788. https://doi.org/10.1177/0194599816635641