Session Details

Accreditation, regulatory, and payment requirements for academic medical centers and their graduate medical education programs are changing rapidly to include much more intense focus on quality improvement and patient safety. The Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program outlined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is an important attempt to bridge and align these aims by engaging residents directly in meeting the quality and safety goals of their organization. To succeed in this new environment, academic and medical center leaders will need to work closely on creating clinical learning systems that align the organization’s quality and safety goals and promote inter-professional improvement within the course of daily routine work.

To provide academic medical center leaders with practical guidance on the essentials needed to create high-functioning clinical learning systems that enhance quality and safety, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is offering Graduate Medical Education: Focusing on Quality and Safety in a Clinical Learning Environment. In this two-day program, academic medical center leaders will learn how to:
  • Identify and address organizational gaps in meeting the new Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) goals
  • Integrate graduate medical education into their organization’s overarching quality and safety priorities
  • Develop and support faculty who are capable of guiding experiential learning in quality and safety at the bedside
  • Transition from one-off graduate medical education quality projects to inter-professional, faculty- and resident-led work that supports and aligns with organizational quality and safety goals
  • Support front-line efforts with expertise and resources as needed, including:
    • Direct support and coaching from the quality improvement department
    • Real-time data to monitor progress
    • Ideas to incentivize and engage faculty to participate in improvement work

Who Should Attend 

Academic medical centers are strongly encouraged to send a leadership team that includes a designated institutional official, institutional quality leader, residency program director or key faculty member, and resident. Teams will work on their strategic plan and the specific aims, processes, and tests of change that they will address upon their return home. This program will utilize small group interactive sessions and case studies to provide a real-world shared learning experience.