AAMC’s Certificate in Teaching Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

“Moving QI/PS-savvy clinicians from a Quality Improvement/Patient Safety educational idea to an effective educational intervention”

*This is a 5-part workshop.*
Dates:  Jan. 11, Jan 25, Feb. 8, Feb 22, and April 19, 2018 (workshop includes all 5 sessions)

Time:    1:00 pm–5:00 pm 

Goal.  The goal of AAMC’s ‘Teaching for Quality’ initiative is to ensure that every medical school and teaching hospital in the U.S. has access to faculty who are ready, able and willing to engage in and lead education in quality improvement, patient safety, and the reduction of excess healthcare costs.  The University of Michigan Medical School’s specific aim is to develop faculty to create and implement these educational activities for medical students, residents and fellows, clinicians, and other personnel in Michigan Medicine.

Target audience. The workshop is designed for faculty and other Michigan Medicine personnel who:

  • Already have a basic knowledge of and experience with Quality Science (quality improvement and patient safety – QI/PS).
  • Want to develop skills and abilities to teach this information and its application to others.
  • Are planning a QI/PS educational activity that they will develop during the workshop.  (Two or more individuals may work together on an educational activity.)

The workshop is limited to a maximum of 25 participants. 

Program objectives.  By completing the certificate program, QI/PS-savvy faculty and staff will be able to:

  1. Address an identified gap in the education of students, residents, and/or practicing clinicians regarding quality improvement and patient safety
  2. Design an educational innovation to fill that gap
  3. Implement and assess the impact of the innovation

Certificate requirements.  In order to earn the AAMC Certificate in Teaching Quality Improvement & Patient Safety, participants much complete:

  1. Five half-day sessions that comprise the on-site workshops
  2. Pre-reading, AAMC Participant Application (which includes description of educational project), and Self-Assessment. Materials will be sent by AAMC a few weeks prior to the workshop
  3. Community of Learners activities locally, via webinar, or at select meetings
  4. Presentation of the participant’s educational project, reviewed by AAMC faculty approximately 2 months following the workshop. 
  5. Dissemination of the project at the AAMC IQ meeting, other conference, or publication


  1. Participants must have some formal training in QI/PS AND have experience in implementing QI/PS processes and techniques in practice.
  2. Be prepared to develop one (or more) educational project ideas into an educational activity.Idea(s) should be designed to enhance knowledge and skills in QI/PS for your learners in one or more of the educational and practice continuum areas (UME, GME, CME, staff and faculty development and/or inter-professional education).

Workshop faculty.  The co-site directors for the course are Diana Curran, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Rebecca Vartanian, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics.

They will conduct the workshop along with Michigan Medicine faculty with expertise in:

  • Medical education
  • Clinical quality improvement.  

In addition to the workshop faculty and staff with expertise in education will be available as “educational coaches.”  They will advise participants regarding the design and conduct of their educational projects.

Workshop curriculum.

The workshop will follow the AAMC Te4Q curriculum, which includes the AAMC Teaching for Quality Workbook (118 pages) for participants.  The sessions and workbook topics are:

Session 1 – 1/11/18

  • Adult learning principles: Concepts of competency and learning
  • Creating effective learner-centered education

Session 2 – 1/25/18

  • Creating QI/PS content: Knowing what to teach
  • Measuring impact i: learner assessment

Session 3 – 2/8/18

  • Measuring impact ii: Program evaluation
  • Leading change and teamwork

Session 4 – 2/22/18

  • Implementing and disseminating educational innovations
  • Review of curricular content

Session 5 – 4/19/18

  • Presentation of educational projects

Institutional sponsorship.  Offering the AAMC workshop at Michigan Medicine is possible through resources provided by the Educating for Quality initiative of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Quality Department of Michigan Medicine, and the Faculty Development Office of the University of Michigan Medical School. 

For more information, contact Carol Lee, Program Manager, Faculty Development, leecar@med.umich.edu, 734-764-2941.


If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop, or have questions about accessibility, please contact Jordan Wright wjordan@med.umich.edu or 734-764-2574. Please also let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange so letting us know at least 2 weeks in advance is much appreciated.

Upcoming Sessions

There are no scheduled sessions for this workshop. Interested in attending a future session? Let us know.