Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Education

UT Southwestern is committed to educating current and future health care professionals about the principles of quality improvement and patient safety.

To accomplish this goal, we have developed educational programs to meet the basic needs of providers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In addition, we have established advanced training programs to develop experts in health care delivery to meet the needs throughout the U.S.

Why Is This Important?

At UT Southwestern, we believe every provider and employee in health care should have a basic understanding of the principles and methodology of quality improvement. Our commitment to providing this education extends to all of the staff, providers, and trainees of UTSW and the D/FW community.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Education Opportunities

  • Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Course
  • M.D. with Distinction in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Lean/Six Sigma Certification Preparation Course
  • Lean Thinking for Healthcare
  • Graduate Education in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety metholdology

Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Course

This program is an 8-day intensive training course in advanced methodology and leadership principles of quality improvement and patient safety.

Participants meet one or two days a month over a 5-month period for didactic and interactive sessions, while conducting quality improvement projects that are relevant to their work. The final day of the course is dedicated to the participants presenting the finished projects.

Since 2010, more than 500 health care workers have graduated from this course, including 165 physician and 181 nurses.

Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Participants

Graph gives the numbers of health care workers who have graduated from the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness program

Why Is This Important?

One of the missions of UTSW is to provide excellent medical education. Part of this commitment includes education in the principles of quality improvement to help us provide better care for our patients and the patients of our community.

For more information regarding this educational activity contact the UTSW Office of Quality, Safety and Outcomes Education at qied@utsouthwestern.edu.

M.D. With Distinction in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

While quality improvement and patient safety education is part of the standard medical school curriculum, UTSW offers an advanced scholarly track for medical students who are interested in careers that focus on quality improvement and patient safety. This M.D. With Distinction in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety program was started in 2013 and provides in-depth, practical training in the methodology of quality improvement with an emphasis on patient safety. 

Lean/Six Sigma Certification Preparation Course

Clinical quality improvement includes the provision of care that is efficient and at the lowest necessary cost. UTSW offers training for it employees in performance improvement that provides expertise in process efficiency.

For more information regarding this educational activity contact the UTSW Office of Quality, Safety and Outcomes Education at qied@utsouthwestern.edu.

Lean Thinking for Health Care

Lean is a process of continuous improvement techniques and activities used in all business and service sectors. It is commonly used in health care. The techniques and activities differ according to the application at hand, but they have the same underlying principle: The elimination of all non-value-adding activities and waste from the business.

During this one day "Lean Thinking for Health Care" class, participants will learn to apply basic Lean tools to their own workplace through participative simulation exercises

The course includes the following topics:

  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Waste in Processes
  • 5S
  • Standard Work
  • Error Proofing
  • Visual Controls
  • Load Leveling
  • Pull Systems/One Piece Flow
  • Work Cells

For more information regarding this educational activity contact the UTSW Office of Quality, Safety and Outcomes Education at qied@utsouthwestern.edu.