The University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine knew its residents needed targeted quality training to best serve their community as clinicians. In July 2012, the school enrolled 25 residents in a new full-year seminar on patient safety and health care quality, which includes a comprehensive curriculum as well as individual quality improvement (QI) projects. Even in a few short months, the program has added value to residents’ education and to public health.
The course – which meets every two weeks – was developed to train engaged physicians in the fundamentals of health care quality. Residents are exposed to a range of speakers and topics in the areas of health care quality and patient safety. After completing the formal curriculum, students then undertake mentored QI projects at UNM Hospitals.
“We know that quality and safety are increasingly relevant, and yet few residents get the training that they need to lead these efforts.” —Marc-David Munk, MD, executive medical director for quality and patient safety at UNM Hospitals.
In the future, UNM plans to expand the program to include nonphysician members of the UNM clinical team. The program currently comprises residents from internal medicine, emergency medicine, pulmonary/critical care, and preventive medicine.
For more information about UNM’s resident program in health care quality, please contact:
Marc-David Munk, MD
Executive medical Director for Quality and Patient Safety