Teaching quality improvement

A collaboration project between medicine and engineering

Prathibha Varkey, Sudhakar Karlapudi, Kevin E. Bennet

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Abstract

Systems failures and their impact on quality and cost have fueled the need for a paradigm shift in medical education. Despite a growing interest in health care quality improvement (QI), few physician educators possess the necessary expertise in either systems engineering or QI. In this article, we describe a novel teaching partnership between engineers and physicians in implementing a 3-week elective QI training curriculum on health care QI. Nine learners, 2 preventive medicine and 7 endocrinology fellows, participated in this rotation. Key concepts taught by the 4 engineering faculty include stake-holder analysis, root cause analysis, process mapping, failure mode and effects analysis, resource management, negotiation, and leadership. Learner scores on the QI knowledge application tool improved significantly (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-301
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Quality
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Quality Improvement
Teaching
Medicine
Root Cause Analysis
Delivery of Health Care
Physicians
Preventive Medicine
Endocrinology
Negotiating
Medical Education
Curriculum
Costs and Cost Analysis

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • Curriculum
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Nursing(all)

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Teaching quality improvement : A collaboration project between medicine and engineering. / Varkey, Prathibha; Karlapudi, Sudhakar; Bennet, Kevin E.

In: American Journal of Medical Quality, Vol. 23, No. 4, 07.2008, p. 296-301.

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Varkey, Prathibha ; Karlapudi, Sudhakar ; Bennet, Kevin E. / Teaching quality improvement : A collaboration project between medicine and engineering. In: American Journal of Medical Quality. 2008 ; Vol. 23, No. 4. pp. 296-301.
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