Quality & Safety Elective - Medical Students

In 2011-12, the Department of Medicine began offering the School of Medicine's first "Introduction to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety" elective to 4th year medical students. This rotation provides students with an immersion experience in quality improvement and patient safety (QI/PS) activities.

Students learn fundamental concepts in QI/PS through directed readings and didactics, apply their learnings in experiential fashion (e.g. conduct a formal adverse event case review), and attend key UCSF medical center QI/PS committees. Students also learn about organizational, unit/practice, and individual approaches to improving patient care using QI/PS tools. An example of the two-week curricular overview, learning objectives, and schedule are provided here.

Additional information about the elective (course #140.32) can be found in Medical Student Clinical Course Catalog.

For additional information or questions, please contact:

Niraj L. Sehgal, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Chair for Quality & Safety
(415) 476-0723; nirajs@medicine.ucsf.edu

Sumant Ranji, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine - Division of Hospital Medicine
(415) 514-9256; sumantr@medicine.ucsf.edu