Expanding Training in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Through a Multispecialty Graduate Medical Education Curriculum Designed for Fellows

MedEdPORTAL. 2020 Dec 30;16:11064. doi: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.11064.


Introduction: Although the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requires quality improvement and patient safety (QIPS) training for fellow-level trainees, this experience is often insufficient due to lack of faculty time and expertise within fellowship training programs. We developed a centralized GME curriculum targeted to an integrated, multispecialty audience of fellow-level trainees with the goal of promoting leadership and scholarship in QIPS.

Methods: The University of Colorado implemented the Fellows' Quality and Safety Academy, a three-seminar curriculum in patient safety and health systems improvement. As most participants had prior training in QIPS during medical school or residency, educational strategies emphasized application of QIPS concepts through focused didactic content review paired with small-group case-based exercises and coaching of experiential project work to promote content mastery as well as practice of leadership and scholarship strategies.

Results: Since the curriculum's inception in 2017, there have been 106 participants in the Foundations in Patient Safety seminar, 49 participants in the Adverse Events Into Quality Improvement seminar, and 48 participants in the Quality in Academics seminar. These participants represented 44 separate fellowship disciplines from both adult and pediatric subspecialties. Learners reported improved attitudes and confidence and demonstrated objective knowledge acquisition across QIPS content domains.

Discussion: Our pedagogical approach of centralizing QIPS training and harnessing faculty expertise to teach fellow-level trainees across specialties through interdisciplinary collaboration and interactive project-based work is an effective strategy to promote development of QIPS competencies during fellowship training.

Keywords: Case-Based Learning; Fellow; Leadership; Patient Safety; Quality Improvement; Quality Improvement/Patient Safety; Scholarship.