monroe kathyKathy Monroe, MDAs a part of her capstone project, Dr. Kathy Monroe embarked on a project that clearly impacted patient care. At the end of the course sequencing in the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety, students integrate their educational acquisition to improve quality and patient safety outcomes in their professional workplace through a capstone project.

In collaboration with leadership in their home organization, students identify and investigate a quality and/or safety opportunity, formulate and articulate a process change designed to resolve the opportunity and develop evaluation metrics to measure the effectiveness of the implemented process change.

The capstone project is designed to not only demonstrate student’s newly acquired knowledge and skills but also enhance the organization’s processes which ultimately improves patient care.

In December, Dr. Kathy Monroe, professor and research director of Pediatric Medicine at UAB and medical director, Children's of Alabama Emergency Department, successfully completed her capstone project that explored "Timely Antibiotic Dosing for Febrile Neutropenia Patients in a Pediatric Emergency Department."

“The staff were very supportive and my thesis resulted in a true quality improvement for our Emergency Department! We were able to improve our time to antibiotics to less than an hour in high risk pediatric patients with fever and neutropenia to 90-100%," said Monroe. "The skills I gained during the HQS process were instrumental in getting this project to success!”

Dr. Monroe’s capstone project highlights the importance of highly-trained quality improvement professionals in our healthcare continuum. Our Healthcare Quality and Safety master’s degree and graduate certificate can equip and empower you and your team to improve patient care regardless of your location.

Our professional programs are 100% online and can be completed at your own pace. We are now accepting applications for fall 2017 entrance. Please contact the HQS team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.uab.edu/hqs for more information.