Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 42–45

Training Psychiatry Residents in Quality Improvement: An Integrated, Year-Long Curriculum

  • Melissa R. Arbuckle
  • Michael Weinberg
  • Deborah L. Cabaniss
  • Susan C. Kistler
  • Abby J. Isaacs
  • Lloyd I. Sederer
  • Susan M. Essock
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.11120214

Cite this article as:
Arbuckle, M.R., Weinberg, M., Cabaniss, D.L. et al. Acad Psychiatry (2013) 37: 42. doi:10.1176/appi.ap.11120214

Abstract

Objective

The authors describe a curriculum for psychiatry residents in Quality Improvement (QI) methodology.

Methods

All PGY3 residents (N=12) participated in a QI curriculum that included a year-long group project. Knowledge and attitudes were assessed before and after the curriculum, using a modified Quality Improvement Knowledge Assessment Tool (QIKAT) and a QI Self-Assessment survey.

Results

QIKAT scores were significantly higher for residents after participating in the curriculum when compared with pretest scores. Self-efficacy ratings in QI improved after the course for each item. Residents demonstrated gains in QI skills through participation in the group projects in which they increased rates of depression-screening and monitoring in an outpatient clinic.

Conclusions

Combining didactic and experiential learning can be an effective means for training psychiatry residents in QI.

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© Academic Psychiatry 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa R. Arbuckle
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Michael Weinberg
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Deborah L. Cabaniss
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Susan C. Kistler
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Abby J. Isaacs
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Lloyd I. Sederer
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Susan M. Essock
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept. of PsychiatryColumbia UniversityNew York
  2. 2.Dept. of PsychiatryNew York State Psychiatric Institute (MRA, DLC, SME)USA
  3. 3.Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc.New York City (MW, AJI)
  4. 4.New York State Office of Mental Health (LIS, SME)UK