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Educational Resources

Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency

The Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency mission is to create healthcare systems that ensure every patient receives the highest quality of care while avoiding harm, minimizing inefficiencies, and developing leaders in quality and safety.

Available Programs: Certificate Training Program, Facilitative Leadership Course, Introductory Training Program, Lean Training program, 6S Training Program and the Quality and Safety Academy. 

Graduate Medical Education Quality & Safety Program

The Quality & Safety Academy, jointly sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency and Graduate Medical Education, offers residents, fellows, and faculty in any program affiliated with University of Colorado a series of workshops designed to build foundational knowledge in quality improvement and patient safety, which will enable them to effectively participate in.

This program encourages residency and fellowship programs to propose metrics that are meaningful and actionable by their residents. Residency and Fellowship programs must be willing to lead their residents in projects or efforts to achieve goals in defined metrics, in collaboration with our clinical partners. This option allows individual Residency and Fellowship programs to customize the quality or safety initiatives that their residents/fellows will address for each academic year.

UCH Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety (CEPS) - Small Grant Program

Maggie Sommers
Program Manager 

13001 East 17th Place, C-295
Aurora CO 8004

CHOC Clinical and Operational Effectiveness and Patient Safety (COEPS) - Small Grant Program

The School of Medicine (SOM) and the Children's Hospital Colorado are committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. We believe that our faculty and staff have the skills and creativity to provide leadership in clinical effectiveness and patient safety.

The SPARK Program

An on campus accelerator that helps take ideas and turn them into new technologies designed to address unmet medical needs.

Health Data Compass

The Core on campus that can obtain data from EPIC for analysis. IRB approval often required. If data is required for a surgical quality improvement project, please contact the Office of Quality and Clinical Effectiveness to initiate an internal data request.

Surgical Outcomes and Applied Research (SOAR)

A collaboration between the Department of Surgery and the Adult and Child Center for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science. Offers monthly research meetings for those doing surgical outcomes or quality improvement research. 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

Improving Health and Health Care Worldwide - Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Offers a wide range of resources and teaching tools to help health care professionals lead effective improvement efforts, enhance clinical outcomes, and reduce costs. Contains information on research, online discussion groups, publications, and links to other sites.

CMS Quality Annual Conference

National Quality Forum Annual Conference

Consensus drives every aspect of NQF work. Expert committee members represent diverse interests from every healthcare sector. Measures are endorsed by NQF only after thoughtful discussion and debate from across the healthcare community. And recommendations for use of measures in federal programs are made with input from public and private stakeholders alike.

Pediatric Academic Society - Quality Track Annual Conference

Phase I: April 30 – May 4, 2021
Phase II: May 10 – June 4, 2021

2021 registration now open. Register today.

ACS Quality and Safety Annual Conference

The 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference is transitioning to a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Register today.

Duke University Medical Center, Department of Community and Family Medicine: Patient Safety-Quality Improvement Modules

The Duke University Medical Center, Department of Community and Family Medicine offers free online modules in patient safety and quality improvement. Modules cover quality improvement and patient safety topics such as chart audits, the culture of safety, and the evolution of quality and safety in healthcare.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School

The IHI Open School offers online courses in patient safety, improvement capability, quality, cost, and value, person- and family-centered care, and triple aim for populations and leadership. Courses are free for students, residents and professors.

The IHI Open School offers a basic certificate in quality and safety. Students must complete a series of courses to obtain the certificate. In addition the IHI Open School offers a practicum certificate. To obtain this certificate students must complete the improvement capability coursework and a quality improvement project at their home institution.

Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) offers online courses on a variety of quality improvement and patient safety topics. Courses are free for members and low cost for non-members. Courses cover topics such as quality improvement methods, patient safety tools, the use of data in quality improvement, teamwork and communication, and organization knowledge and leadership.


CU Anschutz

Academic Office One

12631 East 17th Avenue

Room: 6111

Aurora, CO 80045


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