Training Psychiatry Residents in Quality Improvement: An Integrated, Year-Long Curriculum
The authors describe a curriculum for psychiatry residents in Quality Improvement (QI) methodology.
All PGY3 residents (N=12) participated in a QI curriculum that included a year-long group project. Knowledge and attitudes were assessed before and after the curriculum, using a modified Quality Improvement Knowledge Assessment Tool (QIKAT) and a QI Self-Assessment survey.
QIKAT scores were significantly higher for residents after participating in the curriculum when compared with pretest scores. Self-efficacy ratings in QI improved after the course for each item. Residents demonstrated gains in QI skills through participation in the group projects in which they increased rates of depression-screening and monitoring in an outpatient clinic.
Combining didactic and experiential learning can be an effective means for training psychiatry residents in QI.
KeywordsMajor Depressive Disorder Academic Psychiatry Psychiatry Resident Quality Improvement Initiative Quality Improvement Project
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