Our Quality Improvement (QI) Program has transitioned to being a key pillar in the five strategic directions and goals of the DFCM’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan – Advancing Family Medicine Globally through Scholarship, Social Responsibility and Strategic Partnerships. Our outputs contribute to the mission: “we teach, create and disseminate knowledge in primary care, advancing the discipline of family medicine and improving health for diverse and underserved communities locally and globally”.
In contributing to that mission, we strive to effectively advance primary care quality improvement via the Teaming Project, a dedicated effort to improve Patient Safety and continued focus on education scholarship in the teaching and disseminating of our QI curriculum for family medicine residents, interprofessional health care providers and physicians.
Our perspective is that quality improvement advances health care through learning from practice—identifying opportunities for improvement, working with interprofessional teams to measure current processes, setting targets for change and improving through rapid cycle, small incremental innovations. We have experienced that QI needs empowered teams, strategic leadership and a non-judgmental culture. This is QI in action!