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How the Te4Q Program Works

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In response to recommendations of the Teaching for Quality report, the Teaching for Quality (Te4Q) certificate program is designed to assist clinical faculty improve their teaching and learner assessment in quality improvement and patient safety. Eligible faculty must have some experience in quality improvement and patient safety prior to entering the Te4Q program.

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Completion of the certificate program will enable participants to:

  • Address an identified gap in the education of students, residents, and/or practicing clinicians regarding quality improvement and patient safety
  • Design an educational innovation to fill that gap
  • Implement and assess the impact of the innovation
  • Contribute to the field through presentation or publication of their work

Pre-Work: Assessments, Reading, Project Plan, Self Assessment (Online)

After being selected by their institution be a Te4Q participant, and prior to attending the on-site workshop, participants are asked to review core reading materials, complete the beginning of their educational project plan, and complete a self-assessment of QI/PS proficiency and teaching skills.

On-site Workshop (1.5 days)

Participants attend a 1.5 day-long workshop delivered at their institution by AAMC expert faculty. The interactive workshop covers the following topics:

  1. Overview of Adult Learning Principles
  2. Creating Effective Learner-Centered Education in QI/PS
  3. Knowing What to Teach
  4. Assessing the Impact of an Educational Intervention
  5. Making the Case for Educational Innovation and Leading Change

Post-Work: Project Development, Collaboration, Presentation, and Dissemination (Online)

After the workshop, participants work to develop and implement their educational projects, collaborate with a community of learners through webinars, engage with mentors, and disseminate their project though presentation or publication.

Prerequisites and Application Process


Participants must have some formal training in quality improvement and patient safety (QI/PS) and have experience in implementing QI/PS processes and techniques in practice. Participants must bring one (or more) educational project ideas for development at the workshop. Idea(s) should be designed to enhance knowledge and skills in QI/PS of learners in one or more of the educational and practice continuum areas (UME, GME, CME, faculty development and/or interprofessional education). Participants are encouraged to collaborate and develop their educational projects as a team.

Application Process:

An application must be submitted and reviewed by AAMC faculty prior to delivering the Te4Q program to an institution. Approval requires evidence of support from both clinical and educational leadership, along with a clear plan for recruiting eligible clinical faculty for participation.

How to Bring Te4Q to your Institution

Bringing Te4Q to your institution is a significant step toward effectively integrating quality improvement and patient safety into your curriculum and culture. Please contact Te4Q staff at Te4Q@aamc.org for more information.

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