Lindsay Boole, MD, MPH, senior assistant resident, has been chosen to serve as the Durham VA Medical Center chief resident for quality improvement and patient safety for 2015-16.
Dr. Boole will be part of a network of such chief residents across the country who lead quality improvement (QI) projects and receive expert training from mentors. She will also participate in a national curriculum meant to help usher in a new generation of QI leaders who will help residents implement QI initiatives.
Boole will work closely with David Simel, MD, vice chair for Veterans Affairs in the Department of Medicine, and her predecessors Ryan Schulteis, MD, Joel Boggan, MD, MPH and Aaron Mitchell, MD.
"Lindsay has excellent quantitative skills already, and brings to the chief residency her interest in global health," said Dr. Simel. "Her clinical interest is in sepsis, as she recognizes that the best way to prevent deaths from sepsis in both the developing work and at home is prevention. This creates nice opportunities for her to learn and teach quality improvement, and the QI techniques will strengthen and help formulate her role in future studies."
Boole earned her MD and masters of public health (Epidemiology) degrees, with summa cum laude and Alpha Omega Alpha honors, from Emory University. During medical school, she conducted research in Haiti and Zambia, and she is currently an Internal Medicine resident in Duke’s unique Global Health Residency and Fellowship Pathway. She will be spending the next several months as a Fogarty Fellow at Moi University in Kenya, where she will conduct a clinical trial of an algorithm for management of severe sepsis.
Boole will begin as chief resident for quality improvement and patient safety in July 2015. After her year as chief resident, she intends to pursue fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, with a research focus on implementation science and the management of sepsis in critical care and low resource settings.