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Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Pathway

Part of the charge of being a physician is to deliver the highest quality of health care to as many people as possible. At UT Southwestern, medical students are exposed to the methodologies of quality improvement and gain real-world experience by participating in impactful quality improvement projects.

Jordan Hughes

“I am fortunate to have found the QI distinction, as it has taught me how to apply sound, QI methodologies to nearly any problem I encounter in health care.”

Jordan Hughes

Medical School Class of 2020

Aishwarya- Vishwanath

“What is truly unique about this program, though, is that students do not simply learn these skills from lectures or reading, but are provided opportunities to spearhead projects impacting patient care from the beginning of their medical school career.”

Aishwarya Vishwanath

Medical School Class of 2020


Entry Opportunities

UTSW Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in Health Care
This UT Southwestern student-produced video explains and promotes quality improvement and patient safety in health care.

Boot Camp

Boot Camp offers rigorous, intensive exposure to quality improvement methods and tools. Boot Camp is an annual program that starts in late spring and runs for five consecutive days at the conclusion of the MS1 spring semester.

Boot Camp Details


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MED 2112 Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

This elective course is designed to provide students with an experience in some aspect of quality improvement methodology that will be predetermined by the faculty coordinator depending on the student’s scholarly interest. The four weeks will consist of active participation in a project related to quality or performance improvement, patient safety or medical informatics. Students participating in the elective must have activities approved by the faculty coordinator prior to the start of the elective.

SCH 1707 Quality Improvement

Other than participation in the Academic Colleges, this 12-week period will be solely devoted to the scholarly activity. The curriculum for quality improvement and patient safety balances knowledge-building activities including online module-based learning and experiential learning through participation in QI projects. We provide project facilitation with advisers from the Office of Quality, Safety, and Outcomes Education.

ENRH 126 Introduction to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Student-run enrichment elective provides students with an introduction to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. Students are introduced to the need for quality improvement in health care, receive an overview of basic tools and methodology, and engage in brief exercises designed to practice these.

Scholarly Activity

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Custom fit your 12-week Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) scholarly activity block to suit your personal preferences and career plans. You may pursue an individualized course of study that helps you gain formal training and practical experience in quality improvement methodology.

Curriculum Details


Students with the highest level of interest in quality improvement and patient safety can pursue a distinction comprised of 24 weeks of quality improvement activities (preapproved by the Associate Dean) and a curriculum of educational enrichment including completion of Boot Camp, quality improvement summer employment, IHI service, thesis, and thesis presentation.

Distinction Details

Contact Us

W. Gary Reed, M.D.

Associate Dean for Quality, Safety, and Outcomes Education

Headmaster, UT Southwestern Academic Colleges

Professor, Internal Medicine

Phone: 214-648-8631

Gary Reed, M.D.

Virginia Pineda-Dow

Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 214-648-8631