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QI Foundations: The Basics


The overall educational goal of this set of online, self-paced, basic-level learning resources 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 (QI) at the department level within their institution.


Faculty at the “QI beginner” level should achieve the following competencies:

  • Recognize areas for improvement within the department and support quality initiatives at the department level
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams within department to promote and enhance safe care
  • Role model life-long learning and self-evaluation in quality improvement and patient safety for trainees and all health professionals trainees
  • Develop basic proficiency in the science of quality improvement and patient safety


After reviewing all of the learning resources provided below, faculty will be able to:

  • Recognize their role in QI
  • Provide an overview of different types of QI methodology (lean, MFI, etc.)
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams to promote and enhance safe care
  • Educate trainees on quality or safety-related initiatives within their department
  • Integrate learned concepts into future quality improvement initiatives in their department as a participant or committee member


  • Overview of quality goals at institution and national arena
  • Basic intro to QI methodologies (lean, six sigma, model for improvement)
  • Examples of how they can contribute to quality at institution 

Beginner Tools

A review of the following tools provided by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is recommended, in order to meet the above competencies.

IHI Video Library – Improvement Capability

IHI Open School – Quality Improvement Modules

Other Resources (optional)