ABSTRACT: Improving resident education in quality improvement: role for a resident quality improvement director
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES:
As a component of the practice-based core competency of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, all residents must receive training to be able to evaluate and improve their patient care practices. To further enhance our overall resident quality improvement (QI) educational experience, and to ensure resident involvement in the many aspects of a quality assurance program, we have established a resident educational leadership role and have appointed a resident as resident QI director.
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
We have designed and implemented a resident leadership position in QI in our department. A senior resident (postgraduate year 4 and above) is provided with dedicated training in QI methods, mentored opportunities to develop professional skills in QI, and didactic teaching in applications of QI to other residents.
A leadership position in QI for trainees introduces this important concept early in their career. The resident QI director is provided dedicated training, receives a broader perspective of QI and is optimally positioned to introduce the concept to junior residents leading to greater acceptance of QI at a resident level.
The introduction of a resident QI director enhances the importance of QI for trainees, prepares the individual for a strong academic and QI career, and improves acceptance of QI methods among trainees.