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Applying Quality Improvement Methods
Asynchronous Materials
Learners are asked to view and complete the Asynchronous Modules prior to attending the Live Sessions for this course. 

This course will introduce QI for psychiatrists across the spectrum of career development and provide them experience in writing Aim statements, writing and testing operational definitions of measurements, practicing Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles in a simulation activity, and creating a plan for their practice improvement.Participants will learn the essentials of the Model for Improvement


  • 1-hour of asynchronous material
  • 3 hours of live lecture (webinar)

Live Session dates:

  • June 11, 2024 (5:00-6:30 PM EST)
  • July 1, 2024 (5:00-6:30 PM EST)

Attendance is required during the live sessions listed above to earn credit for these sessions. Credit will not be offered to those who do not attend the live session.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify 3 key elements of the Model for Improvement
  • Write a SMART Aim statement
  • Understand the importance of a clear operational definition for a measure
  • Establish a plan for practice improvement using PDSA cycles to test small, rapid changes in the participant’s own practice setting
  • Recognize how to apply the Model for Improvement to implement principles of Collaborative Care

Target Audience

Medical Students, Residents/Fellows, Psychiatrists, other mental health professionals

Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 4 hours
Program Start Date: May 28, 2024
Program End Date: July 1, 2024

Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in Q&A.

Credit must be claimed by September 1, 2024.

How to Earn Credit

After evaluating the program, participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.


  • Amy Bauer, MD, MS.
  • Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD. 
  • Denise Chang, MD. 
  • Jennifer Erickson, DO. 
  • Jessica Whitfield, MD, MPH.


  • Amy Bauer, MD, MS.
  • Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD. 
  • Denise Chang, MD. 
  • Jennifer Erickson, DO. 
  • Jessica Whitfield, MD, MPH.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

The American Psychiatric Association is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website to people with disabilities. Please contact the American Psychiatric Association at 202-559-3900, if you require assistance seven (7) business days prior to the start of a live webinar.

Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 08/11/2024
Cost: $190.00
Credit Offered:
4 CME Credits
4 COP Credits
Contains: 5 Courses
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