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Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Competencies (QIPS)

There have been many advancements in medical education over the past 20 years, including how outcomes such as competencies are defined and used to guide teaching and learning. To support this positive change, the AAMC has launched the New and Emerging Areas in Medicine series.

This first report in the series focuses on quality improvement and patient safety (QIPS) competencies across the continuum of medical education. It presents a roadmap for curricular and professional development, performance assessment, and improvement of health care services and outcomes.

The competencies can help educators design and deliver curricula and help learners develop professionally. The competencies are for use in:

  • Engaging diverse health care professionals in collaborative patient-safety-improvement discussions, including cross-continuum and cross-discipline colleagues.

  • Conducting gap analyses of local curricula and training programs.

  • Planning individual professional development.

  • Developing curricular learning objectives.

  • Developing assessment tools.

  • Furthering research and scholarship in medical education and quality improvement.

  • Guiding the strategic integration of QIPS into the curricula and the clinical learning environment.

Updated QIPS Competencies

In September of 2022 and iterative revisioning process began to update the competencies. A diverse, 12-member interprofessional, cross-continuum committee was convened to revise the 2019 competencies under the counsel of several of the original 2019 competency committee members. This 12-month iterative process included a thorough literature review, discussion of each QIPS competency, and a public feedback process. The final competencies are found here and the report will be released this summer. Please email QIPS@aamc.org if you have any questions.

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