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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-45
Number of pages4
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Dr. Arbuckle received financial support for this work through the New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholars Program.

Funding Information:
Received December 12, 2011; revised March 28, June 19, 2012; accepted July 5, 2012. From the Dept. of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, NY (MW, DLC, SCK, SME); Dept. of Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute (MRA, DLC, SME); the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc., New York City (MW, AJI); and the New York State Office of Mental Health (LIS, SME). Send correspondence to Dr. Arbuckle; e-mail: Copyright © 2013 Academic Psychiatry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Education


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