Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Scholars Program (PASQUAL)

Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Scholars Program is for medical school faculty who wish to become clinical leaders in quality and patient safety within the UM Health System and beyond.  The Program is funded by the UM Faculty Group Practice as a faculty development initiative administered through the Office of Faculty Affairs.  The Program provides an academic and applied foundation in principles and methods for improving the quality and safety of patient care, along with skills in leadership, teaching and scholarship in these areas.  Graduates of this program will be well positioned to direct quality and safety initiatives and to facilitate education and research on quality and safety in patient care.

Program Schedule

The PASQUAL scholars program is a 8-month program from October to May (this year, October 15, 2014 to May 27, 2015). Up to 12 Scholars attend half-day sessions on Wednesday afternoon each week (1:00 pm - 4:30 pm). Departmental Chairs are expected to provide weekly half-day release for the Scholars

Program Components

  1. Formal Curriculum of Guided Study
    The formal weekly seminars cover safety and quality theory, application, and research. University of Michigan and visiting faculty with expertise in patient safety and quality leadership and research conduct these weekly sessions. Sessions are designed to be interactive, supported by readings and application exercises. Core components of the curriculum include:

  2. Quality Improvement: a solid understanding of quality improvement theory and practice, including the Michigan Quality System’s Lean Thinking principles and methods, as well as other approaches to quality improvement.

    Patient Safety: safety science, including systems theory; theories of error and resilience; and non-technical skills such as communication and teamwork.

    Leadership: an understanding and skills to align and lead the implementation of safety and quality programs, including leadership skills, strategic alignment of goals, organizational change, group work, and mentorship.

    Teaching: educational theory and practical techniques applied to teaching others formally and informally about basic principles and methods for improving safety and quality in patient care.

    Scholarship: methods for applied research and evaluation studies in quality and safety, exploration of research trends, and the presentation and publication of scholarly work in safety and quality.

  3. Consultants and Visiting Faculty
    The Scholars have access to quality and safety experts who serve as consultants to guide the Scholars through the program and advise and assist them with their quality and safety projects as needed. The consultants include experts at the University of Michigan as well as visiting faculty from outside the University of Michigan.

  4. Hands-on Project
    Scholars will identify a new or existing issue in quality or safety relevant to their interests and develop or refine a project to improve safety and/or quality. This project provides the scholar with an opportunity to apply the principles, skills, and methods acquired in the program and to develop a scholarly approach to safety and quality. Scholars are expected to present projects and their results at local, regional, and national quality and safety meetings.

  5. Peer Group of Scholars
    The scholar cohort will share formal learning sessions, work together in small group approaches to learning, and interact and collaborate with each other on safety and quality issues and projects. The peer group of scholars will expand as additional faculty participate in future offerings of the program.

Participants will also become part of a larger PASQUAL Scholar community, which includes alumni of the program. Click here to view list of scholar alumni and projects.

Contact: F. Jacob Seagull, Ph.D