An Active-Learning Quality Improvement Curriculum for Faculty in Hospital Medicine

J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2021 Apr 22. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000354. Online ahead of print.


Introduction: Despite the growing importance of quality improvement (QI) training in medical education, there is a lack of faculty with expertise in QI at many academic medical centers. In this report, we describe the design, implementation, and evaluation of a QI training program for faculty in hospital medicine at an academic medical center aimed at increasing faculty capacity in QI.

Methods: With input from an initial focus group of hospital medicine faculty, we developed a 12-session, active-learning curriculum incorporating core concepts in QI applied to a real-life QI problem. We used a survey instrument to assess changes in self-reported confidence, the Quality Improvement Knowledge Application Tool-Revised to assess changes in applied knowledge, and a second focus group to obtain qualitative feedback regarding the curriculum.

Results: Self-reported confidence in numerous QI skills increased after completion of the curriculum; however, concurrent improvement in applied knowledge was not observed. Qualitatively, participants not only described improved understanding of QI methodology and greater confidence contributing to QI initiatives but also a sense they were not prepared to lead a QI project independently.

Discussion: An active-learning faculty training program is feasible with limited resources and was associated with increased faculty confidence in QI skills.