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Leading Healthcare Improvement (Advanced Course)

Course Offerings

Additional offerings of this course will be listed as they become available.

Goal and Target Audience

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.

There is no charge to attend the course, and it is open to BCM faculty and staff, although space is limited.


By the end of the course, learners will acquire the skills and expertise to:

  1. Communicate the urgency of their project to stakeholders
  2. Form and lead effective, interprofessional teams
  3. Create and communicate a vision for their healthcare improvement project
  4. Develop strategies to remove barriers for project implementation and success
  5. Communicate the impact of their projects to leadership


This advanced course will contain the following content:

  • Framing a problem and creating a transformational goal based on a sense of urgency created around a change
  • Becoming an effective leader of an interprofessional team
  • Creating a clear vision and communicating the value of change to the organization
  • Understanding the importance of effectively communicating the vision and identifying internal and external stakeholders essential to a change project
  • Being able to influence change and manage relationships independent of one’s position within the organization
  • Capitalizing on Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Improvement Cycles to generate short-term wins for one's change project
  • Understanding what it means to build on a change and identify future directions of one's improvement project
  • Working effectively through an organization’s culture to facilitate the adoption of a change or intervention


The course will involve the format described below. Attendance at all sessions is required.

  • A series of in-person workshop sessions (5 sessions; 1.5 hours per session).
  • The sessions are scheduled about 3 weeks apart and involve homework assignments, including a pre-course reading assignment. 
  • Participants are expected to present their completed homework assignments at each session.
  • Participants are asked to prepare a Poster, featuring their improvement project, to present at a designated Conference Poster Session to be held at the conclusion of the course.

Criteria for Completion

In order to remain enrolled in the course, learners must:
  • Attend and actively participate in all of the in-person workshop sessions (5 sessions; 1.5 hours per session). The course content and activities for each session build upon those concepts and assignments discussed during previous sessions.
  • Complete all homework assignments for each session, including a pre-course reading assignment. Participants are expected to discuss their completed homework assignments at each session.
  • Submit a Poster Abstract and Poster, featuring their improvement project.
At the conclusion of the course, participants are asked to present their Poster, featuring their improvement project, at a Poster Session, held in conjunction with the VA Quality Scholars Annual Summer Institute Conference, which usually is scheduled in August.

Accreditation and Credit Designation

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™; each session for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Evaluation by questionnaire will address program content, presentation, and possible other areas.