Quality Improvement 4-Year Curriculum Proposal

Coordinator:      Paul Paulman, M.D. 

Rationale:  Quality improvement (QI) and patient safety (PS) are issues of great importance in the day-to-day operations in hospitals and clinics.  In order to better prepare the medical students for residency training, implementing a 4-year curriculum in QI and PS using the Institute for Health care Improvement (IHI) Open School modules is proposed.  The completion of the modules to receive IHI Basic Certification will be expected by the time of graduation. 

Proposed Curriculum Schedule: Est. Hour Commitment:

Modules for M1 Quality Course:

PS 101 Introduction to Patient Safety
QI 101 Introduction to Health Care Improvement
QI 102 How to improve with the Model for Improvement

Total Hours


1.00
1.25
1.00

3.25

Modules for M2 Quality Course:

PS 102 From Error to Harm
PS 103 Human Factors and Safety         
QI 103 Testing and Measuring Changes with PDSA cycles
QI 104 Interpreting Data: run charts, control charts and other measurement tools

Total Hours



1.00
1.00
1.00

1.00


4.00

For M3 Clerkships:

QI 105 Leading Quality Improvement
PS 104 Human factors and Safety
PS 105 Responding to Adverse Events  
PFC 101 Intro to Person and Family Oriented Care
TA 101 Introduction to the Triple Aim for Populations

Total Hours


1.25
1.33
1.50
2.00
1.50

7.58

Senior:

L101 Introduction to Health Care Leadership

Total Hours

1.50

1.50

Progress Tracking:  Monitoring of completion could be having the students send their module completion documents to me and I could track them on a spreadsheet, and/or we could require that students present an IHI Basic Certification document for graduation.  It is also possible to develop a checklist in OASIS to track their progress.

Requirements:  The course is self-directed and may be accessed at www.ihi.org.  Students will have to register for free.  Each module has a quiz to demonstrate mastery of the material. 

Cost to Students:  None