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Quality Improvement (IHI Open School) QI Elective

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Rotation Name: Quality Improvement (IHI Open School) Elective

Year: R1, R2, or R3

Location: varies, continuity clinic

Contacts: ask residency office for preceptor

Pre-requisites: none


Description: This QI Elective targets the IHI Open School course on Quality Improvement.

It is available as either a 2 week or a 4 week elective.

Please fill out the standard elective form and your clinic/module plan.

See below for suggested course objectives.


You should plan to complete the Basic Certificate in Quality Improvement & Safety (13 modules - QI 101-105, PS 101-105, L 101, PFC 101, TA 101).

We encourage you to try to complete the 5 additional modules to cover recommended content just beyond the basic certificate (PS 201-202, TA 102-103, PFC 102).



Benefits of the UNM GME QIPS Curriculum:

  1. Fulfills ACGME QIPS training requirements
  2. Offers a structured program for education, mentoring, and completion of QI/PS projects 


The modules can be found here: IHI Open School course

Please use the UNM GME PIN/login information for free access to these modules.


QIPS 2020 Brochure



Start up instructions: 

Set up an account in IHI Open school (faculty mentors can do this, too!)



Additional Opportunities:

  1. Get coaching for your QI/PS project or join an ongoing project and utilize mentoring as needed!
  2. Present your work/project at the UNM Annual GME/CME QIPS Symposium or other venue.


Ask the Residency Office for more information or help connecting to department mentors. 



Educational Goals and Objectives:

Patient Care:

- To demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate the care of my patients.

- To demonstrate an adequate understanding of the health care system to be able to help patients successfully navigate, utilize, and understand it.

Medical Knowledge:

- To identify strengths, deficiencies, and limits in my own medical knowledge and expertise.

- To appraise and assimilate scientific evidence into my own practice.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement:

- To engage in ongoing improvement in the quality of health care provided to my patients by maintaining clinical competence and actively participating in development of measures to optimize outcomes.

- To evaluate my personal practice for potential patient safety risks and develop risk management strategies to mitigate them.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills:

- To foster team members' adherence to patient care protocols that enhance patient safety and prevent medical errors.


- To demonstrate empathy for mistakes and tactfully communicate with patients, their families, and my health care team.

Systems-based Practice:

- Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and use system resources effectively to provide optimal health care.

- To participate in identifying health care system errors and implementing potential systems solutions.


Source: combined from AAFP Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents on Risk Management and Medical Liability, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Leadership, Health Systems Management, Patient Safety

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