A curriculum focused on disease and the management of disease is no longer adequate for the training of physicians and other healthcare providers who are expected to practice in an environment where medical errors, system shortcomings, and physician/practice scorecards are the norm. Quality improvement and patient safety are critical components of building new paradigms of professional practice in healthcare. With an understanding of the basic concepts and best practices in quality and safety, we hope that healthcare providers can significantly enhance the care they provide and, in turn, improve patient outcomes.
The curricular modules cover topics related to quality improvement, quality measurement, patient safety, evidence-based medicine, leadership, and health policy. Some of the content areas are covered through basic and advanced modules; in general, we would recommend that the basic modules are more relevant for an undergraduate/graduate health professions student, while the advanced modules are for those interested in further training in the area and for practicing health professionals.
With the generous support of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Mayo Clinic Quality and Safety Curriculum Initiative, our team of Mayo Clinic experts is pleased to introduce nine curricular modules and faculty syllabi for eight validated objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) stations. We anticipate that these materials will be useful for a) practicing physicians, b) residents and fellows, c) medical students, and d) allied health students. For educators who wish to track progress in learning, we have included pre- and post-learning questions with each module.
These modules are a selected component of the Mayo Clinic Quality Academy’s comprehensive quality improvement curriculum. Additional educational content is available through the Quality Academy for those who desire supplementary or more advanced offerings.
Once you have logged in, modules can be accessed by clicking on the title. You can exit a module at any time, and the system will remember your place as long as you use the same e-mail address when you return. Within a module, you can navigate using the arrows at the top of the page or the table of contents that will appear on the left side of the screen. You can return to the list of topics by clicking the ￼button on the top-left hand corner of the page.
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We hope these resources, used in conjunction with experiential hands-on training through mentored local quality improvement projects, give you the necessary tools for transforming healthcare one step at a time. Please use the feedback box located on the right hand side of the module page (after you login) so that we can continuously enhance the materials.
Prathibha Varkey, MBBS, MPH, MHPE
Associate Chair, Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine; Professor of Preventive Medicine
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN firstname.lastname@example.org