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Surgical Innovation
July 12, 2017

The “Quality Minute”—A New, Brief, and Structured Technique for Quality Improvement Education During the Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of General Surgery, Center for Surgery and Health Economics, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Surg. Published online July 12, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.2229

The Quality Minute is a brief, structured presentation designed to incorporate quality improvement (QI) education into the surgical morbidity and mortality (M&M) conference. The 6-slide, 5-minute structure makes it easy to incorporate QI education with minimal disruption. As part of an 8-week cycle that includes case presentations from each clinical division, the Quality Minute showcases key concepts in QI methods, highlights active projects within the organization, and closes the loop from prior M&M discussions.

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