EDUCATION

We provide multimodal learning experiences for learners at all levels, from undergraduates to professionals, focusing on patient safety and quality improvement in healthcare.

Safety & Quality Courses

The W21C Education Portfolio offers courses for medical professionals, health leaders and undergraduate medicine students.

Through our various organizational partnerships with the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine, the Health Quality Council of Alberta, and Alberta Health Services, we are constantly striving to develop patient safety and quality improvement thinking with current and future health care providers, through class based learning, mentorship opportunities, and project work.

Certificate Course in Patient Safety and Quality Management

Created in 2010 through an ongoing partnership between W21C, Health Quality Council of Alberta, and the University of Calgary’s Office of Continuing Medical Education, the certificate course is designed for health care professionals who want to expand their working understanding of concepts in patient safety and quality management and learn from experts in the field.

The course is offered every September with a mix of in-person and weekly online sessions and runs until March. It boasts an impressive faculty including W21C members and experts from across Canada.

For more information on past projects, registration or professional credits please visit the course website.

Certificate in Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events

Offered through HQCA, University of Calgary’s Office of Continuing Medical Education and W21C, the Certificate in Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events is obtained through completion of both the 2.5 day introductory and advanced courses

Introductory Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events

This course can be taken as a stand-alone class or combined with Advanced Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events course, as the foundation for the Certificate in Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events

Focus is the Systematic Systems Analysis: A Practical Approach to Patient Safety Reviews (SSA:PSR) methodology

A practical, case based 2.5 day course

Participants will be eligible for continuing education credits (College of Family Physicians | Royal College)

Advanced Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events

This course is open to anyone who has completed the Introductory Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events course

A broad focus on various aspects of managing the occurrence of harm, and patient safety events as well as SSA:PSR methodology

A practical, case bases 2.5 day course

Participants are expected to complete a patient safety review as a project for the course and mentors will be provided

Participants will be eligible for continuing education credits (College of Family Physicians | Royal College)

Professional Credits

This program meets the accreditation criteria of The College of Family Physician of Canada and has been accredited by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development for up to 37 Mainpro-M1 credits.

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. Participants may claim up to 37 study credits.

MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 10 Category II credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.

Registration

For more information on these courses, please visit: www.patientsafetymanagement.ca

Applied Evidence Based Medicine in Quality Improvement (MDCN 440)

This course is only available to Undergraduate Medicine students at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. Questions surrounding this elective may be directed to Nishan Sharma.

Course Information

Title: Dissecting the System-Projects in Quality Improvement

Duration: 60 hours

Structure:

  • 5 two-hour small group sessions on Quality Improvement in Healthcare basics (September-October)
  • Mentored project-approx. 45 min
  • Required: Project presentation day (2 hours in January)
  • Critically Appraise Topic

Deliverables: Project report, short oral presentation, CAT, small group session participation​

Project Topics: Students are encouraged to present project ideas that align with their interests. We will be able to provide possible topics if no preference given.

Projects and mentors: We will provide/suggest possible mentors, but students may also suggest suitable project mentors. Students will have a chance to rank the projects they are interested in and a best match will be made.

Faculty

Ward Flemons (Director), Nishan Sharma (Coordinator), invited experts from University of Calgary, Health Quality Council of Alberta and Alberta Health Services

Past Student Projects

Click on the “Download” button to view examples from 2016-2017.

Apply

Please complete the Student Interest Form and return to Nishan Sharma, Education Lead, W21C.

Please note that by indicating your interest by filling out this form, you are not making a commitment to participate in this elective. You will be contacted in short order to meet with the Faculty in mid-May to get more information and see if project might be developed to suit your interests.