Development of a quality improvement curriculum in physician assistant studies

Tiffany B. Kindratt, Venetia L. Orcutt

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Purpose The purpose of this project was to develop and evaluate a curriculum for physician assistant (PA) students addressing knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSA) toward quality improvement (QI). Methods Students (N = 77) completed a pretest rating their KSA. A curriculum was developed to improve KSA among didactic and clinical students. Two departmentwide QI projects were developed for student participation. Students completed a posttest after completing curriculum components and changes in KSA had been measured. Results Postcurriculum implementation, QI knowledge, and skills increased significantly in most areas. Large improvements were seen in knowledge of Plan, Do, Study, Act models and life cycles of QI projects (p <.0001). Seven students (20%) participated in department-wide projects. Conclusions Our curriculum model (1) was effective at improving students’ QI knowledge and skills; (2) allowed students to participate in community-based QI projects; and (3) can be used by other PA programs looking to enhance their QI curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-107
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physician Assistant Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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