Health Sciences Education Symposium

First Author Information

C. Derek Leiner, M.D., Clinical Instructor and Chief Medical Resident, School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine

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Michelle Brooks, M.D., Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director, School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine

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April 2018

Abstract/Short Description

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education endorses a formal longitudinal quality improvement (QI) curriculum. Our internal medicine program’s tandem-block schedule, in which residents rotate through two-week blocks, creates a unique challenge in teaching QI to internal medicine residents. To overcome the educational barriers of a two-week rotation, we created a short, self-directed QI curriculum to introduce basic QI theory and methods. Through this curriculum, we aim to expose residents to existing QI activities, showcase institutional QI endeavors, foster resident-driven QI projects, and develop teaching experience in the realm of QI and patient safety. The curriculum involves residents in institutional QI endeavors, exposes them to institutional safety priorities and the error reporting systems, fosters development of a QI project, improves resiliency through reflection, and enhances aptitude for teaching through leading QI conferences. Survey data has shown a significant improvement in QI-related knowledge and skills.


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