Patient Safety/Quality Improvement Clerkship

Publication ID Published Volume
388 March 4, 2009 5


This structured, longitudinal curriculum allows users to perform stepwise work on a Patient Safety/Quality Improvement Project (PS/QI Project) under the tutelage of a quality improvement coach. The curriculum aims to strengthen students’ concern for the patient’s need to receive quality health care in a safe environment, develop strategies and tools to identify medical errors in patient care and weaknesses in the health care system, and apply those methods to address medical errors and system errors in the health care delivery system. E-learning is not just about dry purely textual content. It's about interaction and fun. The content is communicated through the interaction and engagement of the learner through practice. It was learned that design and development of this e-learning product was time- and resource-intensive, but that the benefits have been significant in terms of reusability, access, and consistency.


Lohr K, Peppler R, Duhig J, Schlappy D. Patient safety/quality improvement clerkship. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2009;5:388.

Educational Objectives

By the end of the module, the learner will be able to:

1. Describe STEEEP Principles as outlined in "Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century."

2. Discuss importance of improvement in both performance and process in practice and health care.

3. Identify weaknesses in the health care delivery system and medical errors encountered during clinical training.

4. Work as members of the health care team to develop and/or perform a study and make recommendations for improving the health care delivery system.

5. Prepare a report and/or give a project presentation describing the problem and process for improving performance.


  • STEEEP Principles, Healthcare Delivery

Prior Scholarly Dissemination

PS/QI Clerkship for 4th Year Medical Students: Why Now? American Society for Quality/Greater Memphis Association for Quality/Tennessee Association for Healthcare Quality Region I Mid-South Regional Conference, November 1, 2005.

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