The Quality and Safety Educators Academy: Fulfilling an Unmet Need for Faculty Development

Jennifer S. Myers*, Anjala Tess, Jeffrey J. Glasheen, Cheryl O'malley, Karyn D. Baum, Erin Stucky Fisher, Kevin J. O'leary, Abby Spencer, Eric Warm, Jeffrey Wiese

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Educating physician trainees in the principles of quality improvement (QI) and patient safety (PS) is a national imperative. Few faculty are trained in these disciplines, and few teaching institutions have the resources and infrastructure to develop faculty as instructors of these skills. The authors designed a 3-day, in-person academy to provide medical educators with the knowledge and tools to integrate QI and PS concepts into their training programs. The curriculum provided instruction in quality and safety, curriculum development and assessment, change management, and professional development while fostering peer networking, mentorship, and professional development. This article describes the characteristics, experiences, and needs of a cross-sectional group of faculty interested in acquiring skills to help them succeed as quality and safety educators. It also describes the guiding principles, curriculum blueprint, program evaluation, and lessons learned from this experience which could be applied to future faculty development programs in quality and safety education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-12
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Quality
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • faculty development
  • medical education
  • patient safety
  • quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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