This course provides UW Medicine residents and fellows with efficient, high-quality training in quality improvement and patient safety. Upon completion, trainees will be able to apply foundational QI tools, contribute to patient safety efforts, participate in error disclosure programs, and activate UW Medicine specific resources to address quality and safety problems. It satisfies Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) common program requirements for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety training. The course enhances preparedness for CLER reviews through a shared educational foundation.

Who is eligible? 

Any UW Medicine training program may enroll. Once enrolled, the training program may send any of their UW Medicine residents or fellows with no capacity limits.

At least one faculty member from each participating training program must participate as a co-learner and facilitator.

What does the Graduate Medical Education Quality and Safety Foundations Course include? 

The course consists of two 5-hour workshops, one covering core concepts in quality improvement and one teaching core concepts in patient safety. These workshops build upon existing UW Medicine Learning Hub modules on safety, wellness, and communication.

Faculty members from participating programs attend one 1-hour workshop preparing them to serve as facilitators during breakout sessions in the workshops.

Each workshop will be offered twice a year. Each trainee need only attend one QI workshop and one patient safety workshop for a total time commitment of 10 hours. The faculty participant will attend one of each of these workshops plus the faculty preparation workshop for a total of 11 hours.

Workshops will be held in-person at UWMC Montlake with both in-person and live virtual options.

Workshop Curricula: 

Quality Improvement Foundations (5 hrs)     |     Patient Safety Foundations (5 hrs)
Intro to Quality (30 min)     |     Intro to Patient Safety and Just Culture (30 min)
AIMS, Process Maps, Breakouts (75 min)     |     Patient Safety Events, Breakouts (60 min)
Health Equity (30 min)     |        

Error Disclosure, Breakouts, Video Communication Assessment (VCA) (90 min)

Driver Diagrams, Breakouts (45 min)     |     TeamSTEPPS, Breakouts (75 min)
Measurement and Reporting QI (60 min)     |     Cognitive Bias (45 min)
PDSA (30 min)     |      
Highlighted Resources: QI Match, Epic slicer dicer, Patients are First, HQSC     |     Highlighted Resources: PSN, WISH, Peer to Peer, GME Wellness
Pre-Workshop Session (1 hr)
Introduction to the workshops for training program faculty which will prepare them to serve as facilitators during breakout sessions

What is the cost? 

The cost for small training programs with less than 5 participating residents or fellows is $750/year. The cost for larger programs with 5 or more participating residents or fellows is $1,500/year. Please note these are the costs when paying with a UW budget number.

When is the course? 

Enrollment for the GME Q&S Foundations course closes on Monday, October 10th. Please contact Amelia Chappelle at if interested. The course will occur from January through June of 2023 for the 22-23 academic year. Exact dates TBD.