The Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Course: Ten Years of Experiential Training in Quality Improvement for Practicing Professionals

Am J Med Qual. 2022 May-Jun;37(3):227-235. doi: 10.1097/JMQ.0000000000000025. Epub 2021 Nov 22.


Training in quality improvement (QI) and patient safety for clinicians are needed for continued progress in health care quality. A project-based QI curriculum training faculty, residents, and staff in an academic health center for >10 years are reviewed and evaluated. Didactic curriculum includes QI knowledge domains, and QI methods are applied to a project during the course. There are 638 graduates and 239 projects since implementation. Most projects (84%) effected behavior change, change in clinical practice, and benefit to patients. Faculty have used the training to develop formal QI programs for Graduate Medical Education (GME). Graduates value the skills for their professional and personal lives, and for career enhancement. Experiential QI training for practicing professionals is valuable and effective. Collaboration and support from stakeholders are key factors in success. The Clinical Safety & Effectiveness course is a reproducible and relevant model of interprofessional QI education for practicing professionals and staff.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Quality Improvement*
  • Quality of Health Care