Despite the growing importance of quality improvement (QI) training in medical education, there is a lack of faculty with expertise in QI at many academic medical centers. In this report, we describe the design, implementation, and evaluation of a QI training program for faculty in hospital medicine at an academic medical center aimed at increasing faculty capacity in QI.
With input from an initial focus group of hospital medicine faculty, we developed a 12-session, active-learning curriculum incorporating core concepts in QI applied to a real-life QI problem. We used a survey instrument to assess changes in self-reported confidence, the Quality Improvement Knowledge Application Tool-Revised to assess changes in applied knowledge, and a second focus group to obtain qualitative feedback regarding the curriculum.
Self-reported confidence in numerous QI skills increased after completion of the curriculum; however, concurrent improvement in applied knowledge was not observed. Qualitatively, participants not only described improved understanding of QI methodology and greater confidence contributing to QI initiatives but also a sense they were not prepared to lead a QI project independently.
An active-learning faculty training program is feasible with limited resources and was associated with increased faculty confidence in QI skills.