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Education

Overview: Filling the Need for QI Trained Professionals

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The Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report, To Err is Human, attributed medical errors to 98,000 preventable deaths annually in U.S. hospitals; subsequent analysis estimated 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 (I-QIPS) 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.


FACULTY ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY

Interested in facilitating and mentoring QI project teams? The I-QIPS serves to train faculty, support innovation, and promote scholarship in quality improvement and patient safety. As part of this initiative, the Institute seeks qualified candidates to serve as improvement coaches for faculty or trainees involved in QI-related efforts being conducted across the College and its affiliated institutions. All I-QIPS QI Coaches will receive training from the Institute to advance their improvement capability and continually enhance their skills in successfully coaching and facilitating QI teams, while also supporting in parallel the implementation of improvement strategies being conducted throughout the College and its affiliated institutions.

Learn more about joining the I-QIPS team of QI Coaches...



Training

LEVEL: FOUNDATIONAL

Beginner

QI Foundations: The Basics

The overall educational goal of this set of online, self-paced, foundational-level learning resources for basic QI training 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...

LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

Medium Course

QI Jump Start

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...

LEVEL: ADVANCED

Leader Course

Leading Healthcare Improvement

The overall educational goal of this advanced-level 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

In partnership with conference organizers, the Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (I-QIPS) at BCM provides opportunities for learners enrolled in I-QIPS training courses to participate in Poster Sessions associated with the annual quality conferences featured below to showcase their QI projects being developed through the courses and implemented in clinical areas across the College and affiliated institutions. The posters are also developed as part of the coursework and presented during final course sessions.

Learners from the QI Jump Start training course have an opportunity (if selected by conference organizers) to present their posters at the annual BCM Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference scheduled for the respective year. Likewise, learners from the Leading Healthcare Improvement training course have an opportunity to present their posters at the annual VA Quality Scholars Summer Institute Conference scheduled for the respective year, provided that the conference is held in Houston that year. This participation, not only provides an opportunity for learners to develop and showcase/disseminate their improvement efforts, but it also provides for them (along with other conference attendees) a unique opportunity to become aware of and learn from other improvement initiatives being conducted by their colleagues across the College.

BCM Annual QI and Patient Safety Conference

BCM Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference

Hosted by Baylor College of Medicine, the annual conference is held in Houston, TX, and 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. 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. Learn more...

The BCM 7th Annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference, planned for April 2021, has been rescheduled to Spring 2022 (date TBD).


Annual VAQS Summer Institute Conference

VA Quality Scholars Summer Institute Conference

Hosted by the VA Quality Scholars (VAQS) Coordinating Center, located in Houston, TX, at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and BCM, the annual conference is held at different locations each year and serves to provide VA Quality Scholars and other conference attendees an opportunity to collaborate and network with faculty and fellows from across the nation, as well as to provide fellows an opportunity to further their knowledge in leading, measuring, and implementing change for the improved health of Veterans and the nation. Learn more...

The 2020 Annual VA Quality Scholars Summer Institute Conference was held August 10 - 14, 2020. Information about the next conference TBA.


Videos From Past Offerings

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AAMC Te4Q Program

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Teaching for Quality (Te4Q) Program, was held at Baylor College of Medicine, as a two-part program:

Part 1: BootCamp - The BootCamp was held on December 1 - 2, 2016, and its goal 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.

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Part 2: Workshop - The Workshop was held on November 9 - 10, 2017, and its goal 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.


Videos from the BootCamp and Workshop sessions are available in the Video Library to signed in users. Accompanying handout materials, resources, and tools from the sessions are also included with the videos.