Brigitte Smith, MD, MHPE - Education in Quality and Safety

Dr. Brigitte Smith is an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Utah, School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She is also the program director for the vascular surgery fellowship and Vice Chair of Education for the department of surgery.  She received her MD and completed an integrated vascular surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin.  Join us for our conversation on how we can innovate in the areas of quality and safety education for our vascular surgery trainees. 


She has already many achievements in surgical education with a grant for her research from the NBME Stemmler Medical Education Research Fund, named associate editor for surgical education with the Annals of Surgery Open team, winner of Association for Surgical Education Linnea Hauge Outstanding Educational Scholar award, and recently selected to lead the American College of Surgeons (ACS) NSQIP Quality in Training Initiative (QITI).


Additional Reading

      Six Steps to Engage Residents in Quality Improvement Education

      Crossing the quality chasm

      SQUIRE 2.0 website


Relevant Publications

      Purnell SM, Wolf L, Millar MM, Smith BK. A National Survey of Integrated Vascular Surgery Residents' Experiences With and Attitudes About Quality Improvement During Residency. J Surg Educ. 2020;77(1):158-165.

      Smith BK, Davies MG, Harris IB. The Current State of the 0+5 Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency Training Paradigm: A Scoping Review of the Literature. J Surg Educ. 2019;76(4):990-1004.

      Smith BK, Greenberg JA, Mitchell EL. The evolving integrated vascular surgery residency curriculum. Ann Vasc Surg. 2014;28(7):1761-1768.

      Huffman EM, Anderson TN, Choi JN, Smith BK. Why the Lab? What is Really Motivating General Surgery Residents to Take Time for Dedicated Research [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 4]. J Surg Educ. 2020;S1931-7204(20)30268-3