Society of Hospital Medicine Launches Online Training Program for Hospitalists


Hospitalists play an increasingly pivotal role in ensuring the highest quality and safety for patients in hospitals. The implementation of healthcare reform has only heightened the importance of hospital quality and patient safety for hospitalists. To enable education and advancement of quality improvement (QI), SHM has developed the Hospital Quality & Patient Safety (HQPS) Online Academy (http://www.hospitalmedicine.org/hqps).

The HQPS Online Academy consists of Internet-based modules that provide training not included in traditional medical education. These modules bridge the gap between the conceptualization and practice of quality in hospitals, helping hospitalists to prepare and lead quality initiatives to improve patient outcomes. The modules allow healthcare providers to explore and evaluate current quality initiatives and practices, as well as reflect on ways to improve core measures within their hospital.

Each module focuses on a core principle of QI and patient safety, and provides three AMA PRA Category 1 credits.

SHM members who are insured with The Doctors Company can earn a 5% risk-management credit by completing the first five HQPS modules (see below). Eligible members also enjoy premium savings through a 5% program discount and a claims-free credit of up to 25%.

HQPS Online Academy modules

  • Quality measurement and stakeholder interests
  • Teamwork and communication
  • Organizational knowledge and leadership skills
  • Patient safety principles
  • Quality and safety improvement methods and skills (RCA and FMEA)

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