EM1509M "Education: The Missing Link in Quality Improvement" (IM GR-091815)

The purpose of this lecture is to consider the impact of education as a quality improvement strategy. Traditional educational approaches are rarely powerful enough to translate to the clinical environment and improve patient care. However, rigorous education - featuring educational "best practices" such as deliberate practice and mastery learning - can successfully boost clinical skills and improve downstream patient outcomes. Many examples of educational programs that impact patient care quality will be reviewed.

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, commnity physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to

  • Review how medical education rates as a quality improvement tool
  • Explain the advantages of mastery learning with deliberate practice over traditional educational strategies
  • List translational science studies that use education to improve patient outcomes
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Diane B. Wayne, M.D.
Vice-Dean, Education
Dr. John Sherman Appleman Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Visiting Professor

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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