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Requirements for this distinction fall under two categories.

Education in QI and Physician Leadership:

  • Completion of the IHI’s 13 modules required to obtain the Basic Certificate in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.
  • Participation in the fall QI Boot Camp hosted by the Yale Resident and Fellow Senate QI committee which run between fall-winter of the PGY-2 year.
  • Participation in the monthly evening educational sessions which start in the winter of the PGY-2 year and continue through the end of PGY-3 year. Sessions generally feature a health system leadership talk, a senior resident peer teaching or teaching by a QI faculty.

The IHI modules and the fall QI Boot Camp together set the knowledge foundation for the residents to start their longitudinal QI work while evening sessions provide additional knowledge which they can apply towards their QI project. Residents log their educational portfolio items in the MedHub QIPL distinction link.

Longitudinal QI Project

This constitutes the experiential part of the distinction in which residents learn to select and progress through a mentored QI project using IHI Model for Improvement principles over the course of the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years. PGY-2’s are expected to explore potential projects and mentors in the fall to allow them to launch their project by late winter-early spring of PGY-2 year. Residents receive guidance to help them reach their project milestones across the span of the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years.

PGY-3 residents are expected to submit their QI project as an abstract to the annual spring GME-wide QI night or Yale New Haven Health System-wide “Safety, Quality and Equity Conference” or both. Presentation at local, regional, or national meetings or manuscript writing is encouraged but not required.

Residents log their project work hours and other details in the MedHub QIPL distinction link.

Additional Opportunities

Residents interested in additional QI and leadership activities beyond the QIPL distinction requirements, for example participation in health system committees or work groups, shadowing health system leaders or other opportunities of interest are encouraged to reach out to their QIPL faculty advisor.


All resources including project work templates QI tools, power point presentations, recorded sessions, and other helpful tools are recorded in the Yale One Drive folder ,the link for which is accessible to the residents.