Quality improvement "201": context-relevant quality improvement leadership training for the busy clinician-educator

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Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Department of Medicine; Department of Pediatrics; Meyers Primary Care Institute



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Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventive Medicine | Primary Care


Development of quality improvement (QI) skills and leadership for busy clinician-educators in academic medical centers is increasingly necessary, although it is challenging given limited resources. In response, the authors developed the Quality Scholars program for primary care teaching faculty. They conducted a needs assessment, evaluated existing internal and national resources, and developed a 9-month, 20-session project-based curriculum that combines didactic and hands-on techniques with facilitated project discussion. They also conducted pre-post tests of knowledge and attitudes, and evaluations of each session, scholars' projects, and program sustainability and costs. In all, 10 scholars from all 3 generalist disciplines comprised the first class. A wide spectrum of previous experiences enhanced collaboration. QI knowledge increased slightly, and reported self-readiness to lead QI projects increased markedly. Protected time for project work and group discussion of QI topics was seen as essential. All 10 scholars completed projects and presented results. Institutional leadership agreed to sustain the program using institutional funds.

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Citation: Am J Med Qual. 2012 Mar-Apr;27(2):98-105. Epub 2011 Sep 6. Link to article on publisher's site

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