Posted: June 7, 2012

Quality Improvement Curriculum: Engaging Psychiatry Residents in Implementation and Quality Improvement Strategies


Quality Improvement (QI) approaches have become widely recognized as an effective means for systematically addressing and improving patient care and clinical outcomes. As recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), active participation in QI projects will be essential in training the next generation of physicians. Although hospitals have expanded QI committees to include residents, there remain very few systematic approaches to training residents in QI methods. This resource describes a 12-month curriculum to train psychiatry residents in QI methodologies through both didactic seminars and experiential learning.

Throughout this curriculum, residents work together as a group to implement year-long quality improvement goals. This curriculum includes a step-by-step guide for teaching faculty along with teaching and evaluation tools. Residents not only develop goals that are meaningful to them, but identify potential changes and solutions from their unique vantage point on the front lines of clinical care.

*Presented at 2012 Integrating Quality Meeting Poster Session


Quality Improvement, Integrating Quality (IQ), Curriculum Development, Graduate Medical Education, Residency Training, Guide, Psychiatry


Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD, Columbia University Medical Center

Michael Weinberg, EdD, Columbia University Medical Center

Susan C. Kistler, Columbia University Medical Center

Abby Isaacs, MS, Columbia University Medical Center

Deborah L. Cabaniss, MD, Columbia University Medical Center

Susan M. Essock, PhD, Columbia University Medical Center

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, Columbia University Medical Center