Teachers of Quality Academy

barreachInnovations in health professions education and the future of health care are inextricably linked. Closer links are needed between education and health care delivery. Innovations in health profession education are needed to better align education with the needs of the public.

The REACH Initiative’s Teachers of Quality Academy (TQA) is a faculty development program designed to provide faculty with the skills necessary to practice and teach new curriculum in patient safety, quality improvement and system’s based practice in an environment of interprofessional, team-based care. These master educators undergo advanced training in these areas, develop quality improvement projects to apply these skills across the health system and have the option to take graduate level courses in adult education principles, curriculum development, teaching modalities and assessment methods.

At the end of TQA training, faculty will be able to:
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     Medical Education Day

  • Set audacious goals for your quality efforts
  • Develop appropriate metrics and use quality data for improvement
  • Build a culture of quality and safety
  • Build a healthcare team’s skills in recognizing and eliminating defects
  • Develop and implement inpatient and ambulatory-focused improvement projects

  • Use existing structures to leverage quality efforts
  • Assess the healthcare environment's readiness for the ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER)
  • Manage adverse events for transformation
  • Link improvement science and academic advancement, and publish improvement work

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Aiming High: Clinicians, educators learn about boosting quality in health
Twenty-five health sciences professionals and administrators from East Carolina University and Vidant Health gathered for a daylong session recently at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium's Club Level to learn about improving quality in health care delivery. And to build paper airplanes.

For additional information, contact Jenna Garris, MA at or 744-0439

Teachers of Quality Academy 3.0-Now Accepting Applications!

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The Teachers of Quality Academy (TQA) 3.0 is a professional development program for healthcare leaders designed to fundamentally change care delivery through a curriculum focused on building knowledge and skills in quality improvement and patient safety (QI/PS). Participants engage in advanced learning in these areas, develop projects to apply these skills across the health system, teach others in their environment about these concepts, and evaluate the outcomes of improvement interventions. Leading by example, TQA participants promote a culture of quality and safety across our enterprise.

Upon completion of TQA, participants will be able to:

  • Establish goals for quality and safety efforts;
  • Use data to drive improvement;
  • Develop and implement inpatient, ambulatory, or population/community health focused improvement projects;
  • Understand and develop their own leadership competencies in order to lead change, and;
  • Disseminate the results of their QI work.

Ideal Candidates:

  • Professionals in clinical or educational leadership roles, in pairs or teams (example: medical director and nurse manager dyad);
  • ECUP Department Outpatient Medical Directors, Vidant Medical Group medical directors, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists, hospital-based or acute care Medical Directors - in interdisciplinary pairs, or;
  • Health Professionals with a genuine interest in QI efforts that promote ECU/Vidant Health missions. To be considered for participation in 2018, you will need to obtain a nomination from a senior leader to whom you report (department chair, director, etc.) and complete an individual application.

Important Dates:

September - Launch Recruitment

October 20th - Application Deadline

November 10th - Notification of Acceptance

November 2017 - January 2018 - Completion of IHI Basic Certificate

January 2018 - Begin Formal Learning Sessions

For more information contact Jenna Garris, MA at or 744-0439.

Teachers of Quality (TQA) 3.0 Informational Sessions

Join us to learn more about this unique opportunity!

For your convenience, two sessions will be held:

Tuesday, October 10th from 5:15-6:00pm at the Health Sciences Campus Student Center, Grand Room 202, and
Wednesday, October 11th from 12:00-1:00pm at Vidant Medical Center, Room MSCR-D

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