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Earlier this year, the University of South Alabama College of Medicine hosted the Teaching for Quality Workshop (Te4Q), a faculty development program of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
The purpose of this workshop was to provide faculty from across the College of Medicine with professional development on teaching quality improvement skills to students in the USA College of Medicine and residents and fellows in the USA Graduate Medical Education programs.
Participants were included to represent their departments within the College of Medicine, based on demonstration of interest in medical education and quality improvement in healthcare. Included in the event were clinical faculty, basic sciences faculty and quality improvement staff from USA Medical Center and USA Children's & Women's Hospital.
“Several individuals commented that the future of the USA Health System was in that room. In many ways, it was,” said Dr. Samuel McQuiston, assistant dean of graduate medical education and associate professor of radiology.
During the workshop, Dr. Dave Davis, Te4Q Director, guided participants through a series of educational and interactive sessions. Participants worked towards creating a quality improvement education project. After creating their project, participants were given time to work as a group to refine their projects and ideas.
As a result, five educator teams were developed. This will amplify the impact of the workshop as these teams take what they have developed and implement it into the clinical learning environment.
“The event was a tremendous success. The meeting was held at the USA Biomedical Library with nearly 100 percent attendance of anticipated faculty participants,” Dr. McQuiston said. “Faculty members were so engaged that discussions carried over into mealtimes during the workshop and into the parking lot after conclusion of the meeting.”
A follow-up presentation session will be scheduled in early 2016 for the teams to report on the outcomes of their projects.
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