Baylor College of Medicine Logo

Education

Overview: Filling the Need for QI Trained Professionals

Education Pyramid 20180927

The Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report, To Err is Human, attributed medical errors to 98,000 preventable deaths annually in U.S. hospitals; recent analysis estimates over 210,000 preventable deaths. As a result, emphasis has been placed on education to promote patient safety and quality care. Within graduate medical education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requires residents to participate in quality improvement and patient safety programs. Many programs have expressed difficulty implementing and sustaining quality improvement (QI) initiatives due to limited faculty education.

The Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) serves to develop educational offerings at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced learning levels. The Institute's aim for this educational initiative is to develop a curriculum to educate BCM affiliated faculty on quality improvement and patient safety principles to educate trainees, model effective care, promote high value quality care, and ensure a culture of patient safety.

We believe the academic mission of innovation and scholarship can be advanced across all faculty QI training levels.


Facilitation and Coaching

QI CoachesQI Coaches

The Institute seeks to train faculty, support innovation, and promote scholarship in quality improvement (QI) and patient safety. As part of this initiative, we seek qualified candidates to serve as QI Coaches for faculty or trainees involved in QI-related activities being conducted across the College and its affiliated institutions. Learn more...



Courses

BeginnerQI Foundations: The Basics

The overall educational goal of this set of online, self-paced, learning resources for basic QI foundations is to provide knowledge and skills in the science of improvement and patient safety to enable everyone, regardless of their role, to actively participate in quality improvement at the department level within their institution. Learn more...

Medium CourseQI Jump Start (Intermediate Course)

The overall educational goal of this intermediate-level training course is to provide faculty and staff with exposure and hands-on experience in quality improvement. The course is designed for individuals with an introductory knowledge of the concepts of quality improvement and patient safety, but who would benefit from hands-on experience in applying the learned principles to improve their healthcare practice and to mentor trainees. We do not recommend this course for faculty or staff who require a more advanced training program, such as those who are leading QI initiatives or have senior administrative roles. Learn more...

Leader CourseLeading Healthcare Improvement (Advanced Course)

The overall educational goal of this advanced leadership training course is to develop leaders of interprofessional improvement teams within their clinical settings. The course emphasizes leading healthcare improvements and innovations with an implementation strategy that combines quality improvement or change management techniques. The sessions are designed for individuals with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of the concepts of quality improvement and patient safety, and who have or will have responsibilities for leading quality improvement initiatives or have other relevant senior administrative roles. Learn more...


Conferences

BCM Annual QI and Patient Safety ConferenceBCM Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference

Hosted by Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), the annual conference seeks to educate learners on topics such as care coordination, health information technology to reduce errors, professionalism to improve patient safety, quality improvement in an ambulatory setting, and ethical concerns with quality improvement projects. 

Quality improvement and patient safety span all areas of medicine and healthcare. This is a public health and ethical issue given that medical errors can result in unnecessary deaths, injuries, and expenses. As medical knowledge and technology continue to advance at a rapid pace, it is important that all healthcare providers continue to improve their quality of care and maintain patient safety at the forefront of their practice. As a leader in quality and safety, BCM is uniquely positioned to begin the regional dialogue regarding quality improvement and patient safety strategies for all attendees. Read about the 2019 transition in conference leadership, along with the aims for the Conference, including its original goals and those planned as part of the transition in leadership.

Note: In partnership with the Conference organizers, the BCM Institute for Continuing Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety provides an opportunity for those learners enrolled in QI Jump Start, an intermediate-level training course offered by the Institute, to participate at the end of the course in the Poster Session associated with the Conference scheduled for that year. If selected, the learners feature work-in-progress posters to showcase their quality improvement (QI) projects being implemented in clinical areas across BCM and its affiliated institutions. The projects and posters are developed throughout the course, which is comprised of a series of dynamic and interactive workshop sessions, each building upon its previous sessions. With the guidance provided by course instructors and QI coaches, the participants develop and move forward their improvement projects and posters, as they learn and apply in real-time the QI principles and tools discussed during the sessions.


The 6th Annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference was held on April 25, 2019. Thank you to those who attended. The team is busy planning the next Conference. More information will be posted here when available.


Annual VAQS Summer Institute ConferenceVA Quality Scholars (VAQS) Summer Institute Conference

The annual conference is hosted by faculty and staff of the VAQS Coordinating Center (directed by Aanand Naik, MD and Kyler Godwin, PhD), located at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, as well as affiliated with the Houston Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety (IQuESt). Each year, the Conference serves to provide VA Quality Scholars and other attendees an opportunity to meet face-to-face, collaborate and network with faculty and fellows from across the nation, as well as provide fellows an opportunity to further their knowledge in leading, measuring, and implementing change for the improved health of Veterans and the nation.

Note: In partnership with the Conference organizers, the BCM Institute for Continuing Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety provides an opportunity for those learners enrolled in Leading Healthcare Improvement (LHI), an advanced-level training course offered by the Institute, to participate at the end of the course in the Poster Session associated with the Conference scheduled for that year. Learners are asked to prepare posters, featuring their quality improvement (QI) projects being implemented in clinical areas across BCM and its affiliated institutions, to present at the Conference Poster Session. The projects are developed throughout the course, which is comprised of a series of dynamic and interactive workshop sessions, each building upon its previous sessions. With the guidance provided by course instructors and QI coaches, the participants develop and move forward their improvement projects, as they learn and apply in real-time the QI principles and tools discussed during the sessions.


The 2019 Annual VAQS Summer Institute Conference was held on August 13 - 14, 2019. With the VAQS Program celebrating 20 years of developing leaders and scholars to improve healthcare, this year's conference continued the celebration, featuring visionary leaders in quality improvement and health professions education, such as Paul Batalden, MD, and David Stephens, MD. Thank you to those who attended. The team is busy planning the next Conference. More information will be posted here when available.


Past Offerings and Videos

Bootcamp Te4Q 2016_12_01

AAMC - BootCamp

The AAMC BootCamp took place December 1 - 2, 2016 at Baylor College of Medicine. The goal of this course was to provide clinicians and clinician-educators with the basics of quality improvement and patient safety (QI/PS) in a relaxed and informal manner, introducing them to key concepts by using educational techniques that may then be applied in the clinical learning environment. Accompanying handout materials, resources, and tools are available to authenticated users.

TE4Q Workshop Group PhotoAAMC - Te4Q Workshop

The AAMC Te4Q Workshop took place November 9 - 10, 2017 at Baylor College of Medicine. The goal of this course was to equip faculty to lead, design, and evaluate effective learning in quality improvement/patient safety (QI/PS) across the continuum of health professional development. Accompanying handout materials, resources, and tools are available to authenticated users.