SOM Improvement Programs


The Improvement Capability Development Program

The Improvement Capability Development Program (ICDP) is a joint program between the Stanford School of Medicine and the quality department of Stanford Health Care that was launched in Spring 2017. Through ICDP, Stanford Health Care commits to returning 1 to 4 percent of a department’s clinical revenue to help develop and implement far-reaching improvement projects, depending on engagement and outcomes. Although these funds cannot be distributed as a bonus to department faculty, they support faculty conducting improvement work in quality that improves patient care. 

Annual improvement projects:

FY20 FY21 FY22

ERAS Bariatrics Pathway

Orthopedic Joints Pathway: Decreasing intraoperative opioid use

Perioperative Patient Glucose Optimization

Telehealth in the Anesthesia Perioperative Clinic

Reducing Anesthetic Waste in the OR Reducing Preoperative RBC crossmatching and duplicate orders to improve surgical C:T ratios

Expansion of Spine ERAS protocols

Developing a Perioperative Anesthesiology Optimization Pathway for Medically Complex Patients

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Pathways for HIPEC Surgeries at Stanford

Improving Surgical Total Case Cycle Time

Reducing SSIs with Preoperative Nasal Decolonization

Frailty Screening and Pre-Habilitation Pathway

Improving Communication in the OR (Team STEPPS)

Enhancing the OR Work Environment with Patient Transport and Improved Communication



Cost Savings Reinvestment Program

  • The Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine strives to deliver high-value care. This involves continuously improving the quality and safety of care, including  reducing costs if possible. The Cost Savings Reinvestment Program (CSRP) is a program that benefits both the School of Medicine and Stanford Health Care by sharing the cost savings from physician-led improvements. Although these funds cannot be used as any form of salary support or compensation for physicians, they can be used at the discretion of the departments to fund the purchase of supplies, research, or continuing education. For more information, please contact Renee Box at