The 2022 Quality Improvement: A Tool for Transformation course will be held in 2023. Check back here for more details.
The cost of the course is $2,000/WSMA member and $2,500/non-WSMA member.
This 14-week hybrid professional development course is designed in
partnership with the UW Medicine Center for Scholarship in Patient Care
Quality and Safety. Physicians are critical in leading the transformation
of care delivery systems to fulfill the duty to our patients. While
leading QI efforts is not a skill learned in medical school, physicians
can acquire these skills over time to guide health care organization to
deliver safe and effective care.
“I’ve been to many talks that refer to QI strategies, but it seemed
too daunting to try to learn on my own. This class was exactly what I
was looking for—a solid education on basic QI techniques that is
manageable and practical. The instructors catered to physicians and
PAs from both large and small organizations. I appreciate the
acknowledgment of the barriers we face and the helpful strategies on
how to work around them. I would highly recommend this course to other
physicians and PAs.”
– Bridget Sipher, MD, Olympia Pediatrics
Russell Migita, MD, is a practicing physician and assistant 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 in Seattle. As an educator,
he has developed curriculum and taught hundreds of medical students,
residents, faculty, and staff in principles of quality improvement and
Refunds are available for live event registration depending on when the
refund is requested in relation to the start of the course.
WSMA reserves the right to cancel the course. If so, preregistered participants will be notified and full refunds provided. No-shows will receive no refund. Registrations may not be transferred to another person at any time. A participant may transfer registration one time to the next available course if space permits. All subsequent transfers of registration will incur a change fee of $250. All refunds will be issued to the original form of payment.
For in-person courses, the WSMA cannot be held responsible for other costs
or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines,
travel agencies, or hotels.
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
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, President
The WSMA is accredited by the 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.