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Six Steps to Engage Residents in Quality Improvement Education
(Posted January 2020)
Neha R. Malhotra, MD; Ashley Vavra, MD, FACS; Robert E. Glasgow, MD, FACS; Brigitte K. Smith, MD, FACS

This article reviews the basic tenets of quality improvement in health care and the importance of these concepts to the practice of surgery in the current health care system. This article is intended for surgical trainees, surgeons, and other members of the health care workforce, especially those involved in medical education or those who hold leadership positions. The specific learning objectives of the article are to:

  • Define quality and quality improvement (QI) and discuss why it is critical to teach QI principles to residents
  • Discuss barriers to designing effective QI curricula for residents
  • Provide strategies for engaging residents in learning QI principles through active participation in QI projects

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