Department of Medicine

Chief Medical Residents for Quality and Patient Safety

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The three chief medical residents stand together
Zachary Thompson, Kaitlyn Carlson and Salim Najjar

We’re the Chief Residents in Quality & Safety (or CRQS) for the 2023-2024 year! Kaitlyn and Salim are the inpatient CRQSs and Zach is the outpatient CRQS. We primarily work at the Houston VA (the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center). We complete a national VA curriculum on quality improvement and patient safety and hold teaching, leadership, and scholarship roles at Baylor. We lead the quality improvement and patient safety curriculum for the IM residents. You’ll see us as attendings for the medicine wards teams and VA resident continuity clinic as well as facilitating High-Value Care Morning Report and Patient Safety Conferences. We also work behind the scenes on patient safety committees and quality improvement initiatives at the VA.

Reach out to us with questions about our roles or about quality improvement and patient safety at Baylor!


Kaitlyn Carlson

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Undergraduate: Baylor University
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Career Interests: Transplant Hepatology, Health Disparities, Quality Improvement

Salim Najjar

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Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Medical School: University of Virginia
Career Interests: Cardiovascular medicine, quality improvement, medical education

Zachary Thompson

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Undergraduate: Emory University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Career Interests: Cardiovascular Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Quality Improvement