An Advanced Interprofessional Team-Based Learning Module in Quality Improvement Concepts

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9036 November 23, 2011 7


Nurses and physicians share responsibility for improving quality and safety in healthcare systems, arguing for shared learning about these concepts. This module contains materials to conduct the second of two sessions on quality improvement principles with medical and nursing students. The module uses the Team-Based Learning method, and assumes that users are familiar with Team-Based Learning terminology and procedures. Included in this resource are a suggested timeline, student preparation assignment, readiness assurance test, application activities, and PowerPoint slides.

This series of two Team-Based Learning modules represents a novel use of the method to foster interprofessional collaboration as students learn quality improvement concepts. We believe that this content area is ideal for interprofessional education, and that the Team-Based Learning method creates an instructional environment where students can have the kinds of interactions that will build team communication skills that they can use in clinical environments. These modules also build upon and deepen potential knowledge gained from the acclaimed online Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School courses by providing students with realistic cases and allowing them to apply the concepts covered those courses. These modules are flexible and can be used with a variety of learners, and a variety of class sizes.


Haidet P, Cherry R, Clark , O'Sullivan S, Yang C. An advanced interprofessional team-based learning module in quality improvement concepts. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2011;7:9036.

Educational Objectives

  1. To use PDSA cycles to implement and test ideas for change.
  2. To draw conclusions about system variation using Run and Shewart Charts.
  3. To use sampling and stratification to understand causes of variation.
  4. To articulate potential benefits of using mixed nurse/doctor teams to solve problems.


  • Teamwork, Run Charts, Shewart Charts, Sampling, Stratification, PDSA Cycle, TBL, Team-based Learning


  1. An Interprofessional Curriculum in Quality Improvement for Medical and Nursing Students. Haidet P, Clark MB, Frazer C, Yang C, Breault C, Cherry R. Oral presentation at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 28, 2010.
  2. Using Teams to Educate Medical and Nursing Students about Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. Haidet P, Clark MB, Frazer C, Yang C, Breault C, Cherry R. Poster presentation at the 49th Annual Conference on Research in Medical Education (RIME) ; sponsored by the Group on Educational Affairs at the 121st Annual Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC, November 8, 2010.

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