A Quality Education: A Comprehensive Review of a Combined Longitudinal and Specialty Track Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Medical School Curriculum

Am J Med Qual. 2021 Jun 8. doi: 10.1097/01.JMQ.0000735524.78789.4a. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

Structured quality improvement and patient safety (QI/PS) education has increased at every level of medical education; however, great variability exists in the content taught. Here, the authors present a longitudinal model for medical student QI/PS education that is currently implemented at the University of Florida College of Medicine. The curriculum is taught with a variety of teaching methods incorporated into each year with increasing levels of clinical implementation. This curriculum is multimodal and introduces students to QI/PS concepts, presents mock scenarios, and eventually encourages clinical application to situations students experience during their own clinical practice. Additionally, a specialized track for students to have further immersion into this field of medicine is described, which involves specialized training, expanded educational opportunities, and a capstone project. Both the curriculum and specialized track contain explicit clinical integration to ensure students are prepared to enter the medical profession to engage in QI/PS endeavors.