Integrating quality improvement and continuing professional development at an academic medical center: A partnership between practice plan, hospital, and medical school

Barbara Gold, Dawn England, William Riley, Ginny Jacobs-Halsey, Corinne Webb, Bobbi Daniels

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Introduction: While quality improvement (QI) initiatives can be a highly effective means for improving health care delivery in academic medical centers (AMCs), many health care professionals are not formally trained in basic QI methodology, engaging clinicians in QI activities can be challenging, and there is often a lack of integration and coordination among QI functions (eg, Departments of Quality and Safety, Continuing Professional Development). In our AMC, we undertook a collaborative approach to achieve better vertical and horizontal integration of our QI education efforts. This article provides a case example describing our organizational context, what was done, and with what effect and makes our example and lessons learned available to others. Methods: We developed a new educational QI program that was jointly planned and implemented by a group comprising major QI stakeholders. This project was intended to create horizontal organizational linkages between continuing professional development, clinicians, the hospital, and QI department and produce QI activities that aligned with the strategic objectives of senior management. Results: The group developed and implemented a curriculum based on Lean methodology and concepts from the Institute for Health Care Improvement Model for Improvement. Two cohorts (27 teams) completed the training and planned and implemented QI projects. All projects were aligned with organizational quality, safety, and patient experience goals. The majority of projects met their aim statements. Discussion: This case description provides an example of successful horizontal integration of an AMCs’ QI functions to disseminate knowledge and implement meaningful QI aligned with strategic objectives (vertical integration).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-315
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2016

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© 2016 The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, and the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education.

Copyright 2016 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Academic medical center
  • Clinician training
  • Collaboration
  • Continuing professional development
  • Organization learning and change
  • Performance improvement
  • Quality improvement
  • Quality improvement/six sigma/lean
  • Strategic
  • Strategic issues in CME/CPD
  • Strategic quality initiatives


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