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IHQI helps physicians gain a solid foundation in quality improvement through this one-day course that highlights the safety and quality challenges facing healthcare and physicians’ role as leaders in improvement work. The course emphasizes involving patients and families in quality and safety.


  • Introduction to QI methods (including Lean, Six Sigma and the Model for Improvement)
  • Leadership roles in QI and how to participate in and contribute to QI at UNC
  • Disclosure of adverse events, patient safety and peer support
  • Involving patients and families in quality and safety

2023-2024 Dates

PEQS is being offered virtually for the 2023-2024 academic year. We hope to return to an in-person setting at a later date.

Wed, Aug 30, 2023 Fri, Sept 29, 2023 Wed, Nov 8, 2023 Thurs, Jan 18, 2024
Wed, Feb 21, 2024 Thurs, Apr 18, 2024 Tues, May 21, 2024 Thurs, June 19, 2024


Register via LMS (enter “UNCHIHQIPEQS” in the Learning Activities search box).


Jenny Boyd, MD – Pediatric Critical Care Casey Olm-Shipman, MD – Neurology and Neurosurgery
Bhisham Chera, MD – Radiation/Oncology Joey Powell – Executive Director, Me Fine Foundation
Trevor Hackman, MD – Otolaryngology Shana Ratner, MD – General Internal Medicine
Benny Joyner, MD – Pediatrics Will Stoudemire, MD – Pediatrics
Cristie Dangerfield – Patient Safety Officer, UNC Medical Center Ashley Sutton, MD – Pediatrics
Christine McKenzie, MD – Anesthesiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology Lavinia Kolarczyk, MD, FASA – Anesthesiology
Clare Mock, MD – Medicine Katie Westreich, MD – Pediatric Nephrology
Carlton Moore, MD, MS – Medicine Stephenie Fenton-Wilhelm, JD – Vice President, Risk Management
Patience Leino, Senior Administrator of Quality & Education, American Board of Pediatrics Carl Seashore, MD – Pediatrics

Attendees Comments

“After many years of GME experience, I was fortunate enough to recently participate in the UNC PEQS program.  I feel that I can best serve our residents/fellows when I am in the know about things. For the last few years, since coming to North Carolina, I have seen residents schedule and attend PEQS. I could not answer the many questions they asked me about the program and their need to attend. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the course going into it and I was a bit apprehensive about being non-clinical. However, now that I have been able to see first-hand the great resources, speakers, and rich discussions regarding quality improvement, patient safety, and continued professional & personal development, I highly recommend this course to other coordinators!”  A Medical Residency Program Coordinator