Education and Training

Resident Patient Safety/Quality Improvement (PS/QI) Education Program

U-M PS/QI Program, Dr. Nathan Houchens
Nathan Houchens, MD, Director, PS/QI Program

The department’s Quality & Innovation Program partners with the Graduate Medical Education program to expose residents to patient safety and quality improvement (PS/QI) across all three years of residency. Year one focuses on exposure and awareness with several foundational PS/QI seminars. During the second year, teams of four to five residents apply their PS/QI knowledge to a month-long quality improvement project. The teams are led by the department’s PS/QI faculty mentors and the Q&I Program’s performance improvement coaches who facilitate topic selection, quality improvement tools, data needs, and the presentation of project outcomes. In year three, residents can choose to deepen their understanding by leading or participating in additional QI projects, serving on a variety of QI committees, or pursuing an elective with a faculty mentor. Seven faculty members from the Divisions of General Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Geriatric & Palliative Medicine act as faculty mentors to residents during their second-year PS/QI projects.

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