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QI Foundations: The Basics

Goal

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 the learner, regardless of their role, to actively participate in quality improvement (QI) initiatives at the department level within their institution.

Competencies

Learners 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

Objectives

After reviewing all of the learning resources provided below, the learner 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

Content

  • Overview of quality goals at the institutional and national arena
  • Basic introduction to QI methodologies (lean, six sigma, model for improvement)
  • Examples of how learners can contribute to the quality initiatives being conducted within their institutions 

Foundational Tools

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School provides a number of online courses and resources designed to build core skills in improvement, safety, and leadership. BCM residents, faculty, and staff are eligible to obtain free access to Open School course materials and other improvement tools and programs/training provided by the IHI.

Access Instructions: Use the below button to view IHI login instructions. When prompted, USE YOUR BCM CREDENTIALS to proceed to the instructions page.

Update

June 2020: Due to recent IHI changes, if you previously accessed the IHI Open School materials using a BCM passcode, please note that the passcode has expired and is no longer effective. Please use the above button to view updated IHI login instructions. Any inquiries should be directed to: CCIT-mgmt@bcm.edu


IHI Certification - Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety

All QI beginner-level learners are encouraged to obtain the Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety, offered through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The required courses for the certification are designed to help the learner gain a foundational understanding of quality improvement and patient safety principles and tools.

To earn and receive the Certificate, learners must complete 13 required courses, as follows: QI 101-105, PS 101-105, TA 101, and L 101. Each course may be accessed below.

Tip: When accessing a below course, open the link in a new window, so that this page will remain open for easy reference, as needed.


Improvement Capability


Patient Safety


Triple Aim for Populations


Person- and Family-Centered Care


Leadership


IHI Video Library

In addition to obtaining the Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety described above, all QI beginner-level learners are encouraged to review the select videos listed below.

Tip: When accessing a below video, open the link in a new window, so that this page will remain open for easy reference, as needed.