Leadership: Casey Olm-Shipman, MD, MS

Course Manager: Karen Davis, MHA, MBA


Students are eligible to apply for scholarly concentrations to augment their educational experience. The Clinician Leadership in Quality and Safety scholarly concentration enhances skills directly applicable in clinical settings for future physicians and nurses. These skills are developed around the science of improving access, cost, effectiveness, equity and safety in provided patient care. Learning will be longitudinal, mentored and experiential. By the end of this one-year program, students will possess the knowledge and skills needed to implement a quality improvement project.


    1. Yearlong mentorship with a faculty expert in QI
    2. Opportunities and guidance for presenting and publishing QI research, including Abstract Examples and an annual Student Symposium
    3. Specific QI curriculum for medical students interested in QI methodology. Students will be able to implement a quality project in the future by understanding the following key concepts:
    • Improvement Methodology (LEAN, Model for Improvement)
    • Driver Diagrams
    • Teamwork
    • Process Modeling and Mapping
    • PDSA Cycles
    • Data Analysis
    • Measurement
    • Systems
    • Sustainability and Spread
    • Presenting Data and Research

Course expectations

Classes are held in person five times per year. Mentors will be assigned at the mandatory orientation (mid-April every year). Orientation serves as the first class for the year, and will be used to review expectations and review the content of the course.

Prerequisites: Quality and Safety elective (on-line) and Physicians Engaged in Quality and Safety (PEQS) course (via LMS, contact  for assistance). Prerequisites must be complete prior to Orientation.

Applications are due around mid-January. Information about scholarly concentrations can be found here.

Student Comments

This course is the highlight (in a general sense) of my medical school experience. I wish a QI/QA training was available as a track analogous to Rural Scholars. This is the ideal curriculum for extensive longitudinal integration for the motivated, self-selected student interested in the ever-important field of Quality & Safety.”

“Most helpful part of the class is getting linked with the QI team I’m currently working with and trying this all out for myself, and learning about how QI projects work (or don’t work) in real life.”

“The best parts of this course are the collaborative efforts and support from administration. Readings are also pertinent and at a great level for beginners.”