Late Breaking Poster Abstract

Quality Improvement and Safety Learning in Medicine (Q-SLIM): Customizable Competencybased Web Learning for Health Professionals (P116)

John Voss (University of Virginia); Bonnie Jerome-D’Emilia (Rutgers University); John Jackson (University of Virginia); Kimberlye Joyce (University of Virginia); Katherine Schlag (University of Virginia); Ye Chen (University of Virginia); Vladimir Goodkovsky (University of Virginia)

Brief Synopsis

Q-SLIM is a competency-based customizable learning platform that offers high quality instructional material in QI and patient safety. Learners can self-design curricula and faculty can select customizable modular learning experiences assessed by competency. Competency and credit based assessment tools are available.

Physicians, nurses and other health professionals need inexpensive, accessible, competency-based instructional methods to learn specific skills to improve quality and safety. We are constructing Q-SLIM, the Quality Improvement and Safety Learning in Medicine program, an engaging, relevant, highly customizable, web-based instructional curriculum. This modular curriculum uses open source software to create competency maps that link QI skills to competencies from the AACN, ACGME and other professional organizations. Q-SLIM contains 10 subcompetencies and 80 skills taught in 30 10-15 minute modules. Competencies range from instruction in the PDSA cycle and practical skills like process mapping to advanced concepts such as culture change management. Each module uses a professionally designed web template so that users may select a narrated multimedia or a text-based learning environment. Modules contain assessment questions mapped to specific competencies.

Faculty world-wide may use the Q-SLIM interface to select from prespecified curricula or choose a custom set of individual modules for learners. Individuals may use Q-SLIM to design unique instructional programs for personal use. Competency-based reporting allows faculty, administrators and instructional authors to review course progress at the student, course or curriculum level. Students access similar reports to see their emerging competency.

Designed to be extendable beyond QI instruction, the QSLIM programming uses open source methods (Moodle) and SCORM 1.2 standards to allow educators to organize, present and assess competency-based curricula for any instructional purpose independent of specific content. The software is freely available

Funding Sources

The Pfizer Medical Education Group