Mastering improvement science skills in the new era of quality and safety: The Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars Program

  • Estrada C
  • Dolansky M
  • Singh M
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Healthcare professionals need a new skill set to ensure the success of quality improvement in healthcare. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initiated the VA National Quality Scholars fellowship in 1998; its mission is to improve the quality of care, ensure safety, accelerate healthcare re-design, and advance the improvement science by educating the next generation of leaders in quality and safety. We describe the critical need for leadership in quality and safety and interprofessional education, illustrate the curriculum, provide lessons learned by fellows, summarize key lessons learned from the implementation of an interprofessional education approach, and present most recent accomplishments.

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  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • clinical competence
  • curriculum
  • fellowships and scholarships
  • health personnel/education
  • interprofessional relations
  • program development
  • program evaluation
  • quality improvement
  • quality of health care

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  • Carlos A. Estrada

  • Mary A. Dolansky

  • Mamta K. Singh

  • Brant J. Oliver

  • Carol Callaway-Lane

  • Mark Splaine

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