Continuous Quality Improvement
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is an ongoing cycle of collecting and evaluating data aimed at supporting educational program improvement, contributing to positive outcomes to address student questions and concerns, and meeting the Liaison for Medical Education (LCME) accreditation requirement:
Element 1.1: Strategic Planning and Continuous Quality Improvement
“A medical school engages in ongoing planning and continuous quality improvement processes that establish short and long-term programmatic goals, result in the achievement of measurable outcomes used to improve programmatic quality, and ensure effective monitoring of the medical education program’s compliance with accreditation standards."
Areas of monitoring that form the basis for continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts are based on the categories outlined within the LCME (2016) white paper, Implementing a System for Monitoring Performance in LCME Accreditation Standards.
These criteria include:
- Elements that pose accreditation risks based on prior LCME citations,
- Elements that include language that monitoring is required or involve a regularly-occurring process that may be "prone to slippage",
- New elements or elements where LCME expectations have evolved,
- Elements that include policies that must be congruent with current operations, and
- Elements that directly or indirectly affect the core operations of the school.
Feedback and Questions
For more information or questions, contact:
Rachael Berget, M.Ed., Director of Accreditation, at email@example.com, or at (956) 296-1704.