Physicians are critical in leading the transformation of care delivery systems to fulfill the duty to our patients. Many physicians
have not received training in medical school on how to lead quality improvement projects. With the right training, physicians can
acquire these skills at any career stage and can guide health care organizations to deliver safe and effective care.
This 14-week hybrid professional development course is designed in partnership with the University of Washington Center for
Scholarship in Patient Care Quality and Safety. This course will equip you to lead and participate in quality improvement projects
in your organization.
Russell Migita, MD, is a practicing physician and the clinical director in the emergency department at
Seattle Children's Hospital. Dr. Migita is the co-director of education at the UW Medicine Center for Scholarship in Patient
Care, Quality & Safety, where he co-directs a certificate program in quality and safety. He has trained hundreds of
health care staff in the WWAMI region and led dozens of QI efforts using A3 methodology, Six-Sigma tools, Model for
Improvement, Lean, and Lean facility design.
Nicholas Meo, MD, is a hospitalist and associate medical director for quality and safety at Harborview
Medical Center. As an educator, he has developed curriculum and taught hundreds of medical students,
residents, faculty and staff in principles of quality improvement and patient safety.
As clinicians, we have an essential leadership role to play in redesigning complex healthcare delivery. Over the last two
decades, both our communities and the medical profession have recognized that the US healthcare system often falls short in
meeting patients' and our own expectations for safety, quality, and efficiency. This disappointing performance persists and
has been challenging to solve, despite the best intentions of all parties involved. Quality improvement is hard and complex,
but essential. The financial viability and success of hospitals and physician practices will depend on their ability to
improve quality, safety and value to patients and payers.
Physicians must lead the transformation of care delivery systems to fulfill the expectations of our patients. Responsibility
for care improvements cannot be delegated to administrators and insurers. Unfortunately, many physicians didn't receive
training in medical school on how to lead quality improvement projects. However, with the right training, physicians can
acquire these skills at any career stage and can guide healthcare organizations with the optimal approach to safe and
effective care delivery.
At the WSMA, we have been working to address this challenge and I am pleased to announce a new professional development
course for physicians, physician assistants, and other members of the health care team. In partnership with the University of
Washington Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality and Safety, the WSMA has designed a 14-week hybrid course to equip
you to lead and participate in quality improvement projects in your organization.
We hope to see you and your colleagues at the course.
Mika Sinanan, MD, PhD
WSMA Executive Committee, 1st Vice President
The WSMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The WSMA designates this other (blended live and online enduring material) activity for a maximum of 14
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their
participation in the activity.
This activity meets the criteria for up to 14 hour(s) of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the
Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.
Live session: September 17, 2021 from, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Works in Progress (WIP) sessions: Two WIP sessions will be held between the first and the last day of the course. This is an opportunity to present the current state of your QI project and get real time feedback from your colleagues and the faculty.
Live session: December 17, 2021 from 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
The tuition for the course is: