Providing foundational knowledge and skill sets in patient safety and quality improvement (PS/QI) is integral to otolaryngology–head and neck surgery (OHNS) resident education. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requires that trainees develop meaningful and measurable skills in QI,1 and Clinical Learning Environment Review institutional site visits assess quality and safety in the learning environment. The PS/QI training during residency prepares otolaryngology trainees for practice, and an otolaryngologist’s ability to demonstrate PS/QI competencies is necessary for maintenance of certification and for reimbursement.2 Cultivating PS/QI competencies during residency education promotes clinical innovation, patient-centered outcomes, interdisciplinary relationships, and leadership.
Morrison RJ, Bowe SN, Brenner MJ. Teaching Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in Residency Education: Strategies for Meaningful Resident Quality and Safety Initiatives. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;143(11):1069–1070. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaoto.2017.1317
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