The mission of the APA Quality and Safety Scholars Program is to support, guide and mentor pediatric faculty and advanced practice providers in developing themselves as productive, advancing and fulfilled faculty members in the area of quality and safety improvement science.
This program is offered to members of the Academic Pediatric Association who wish to earn a Certificate of Excellence in Quality and Safety Improvement Science. The curriculum will include yearly participation in the Quality Improvement Science pre-course, additionally scheduled sessions for the group at PAS, periodic didactic webinars (approximately, 3/year), ongoing collaborative learning, and completion of a mentored improvement project.
Intersession activities: Between PAS meetings, scholars communicate via webinars and virtual small group sessions, digital/virtual communications, and the program website and Canvas page. Ensuring extensive and supportive networking amongst scholars is a high priority for the program.
Mentored projects: The experiential component of the program is a mentored, scholarly project, with the main, home mentor at the scholar’s home institution. Scholars will also be matched with two national experts in the field of quality and safety. One will serve as a QSIS Faculty advisor during their three years in the program. The other will be a national mentor with content expertise in the project area or system expertise in a similar health system.
Presentations: During the course of the program, scholars will be expected to evaluate the quality improvement literature and present synopses of projects with critical analysis as part of their learning. A final, peer-reviewed, national-level presentation or publication of the mentoring project will be required for graduation.
Scholars are expected to complete the full curriculum, including projects, over 3 to 4 years.
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