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Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Competencies (QIPS)

New and Emerging Areas in Medicine

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Competencies Across the Learning Continuum Series

Health care is changing rapidly. New technologies, advances in care delivery, and scientific discoveries are happening at rates that make it challenging for teaching and learning practices across the continuum to keep up. Whether learners are at the beginning of their career or seasoned clinicians, new demands and advances in health care require them to acquire new competencies. The AAMC New and Emerging Areas in Medicine Series is a guide for everyone who develops curricula within the field of medicine and for people learning to practice or continuing their professional development. 

Each set of new and emerging competencies, starting with Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Competencies Across the Learning Continuum, is developed by leaders from across the medical education and clinical practice communities and is intended to supplement existing competencies (e.g., entrustable professional activities and milestones). The competencies add depth to selected areas to help guide curricular and professional development, formative performance assessment, cross-continuum collaborations, and, ultimately, improvements in health care services and outcomes. 

After years of work, the AAMC is releasing the first-ever, across-the-board set of skills physicians and trainees need to ensure safe, high-quality care. Here’s what these new competencies cover.

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Feedback or Questions

Please direct any questions or comments on the QIPS Competencies Project to AAMC at QIPS@aamc.org.

Last Updated: November 2019

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