The Certificate in Health Care Improvement is designed to train inter-professional clinical teams in practical skills for health care improvement, grounded in the science of health care delivery. These teams will leverage partnerships outside traditional boundaries, foster inter-professional teamwork, and lead the change to improve health care delivery and population health in their community.
The Certificate Program consists of a self-study period, three onsite meetings, four content modules, and a concurrent improvement project. The Program is supported by the Department of Medical Education and Center for Performance Improvement at Maine Medical Center/ MaineHealth. Program Leadership is provided by Drs. Kathleen Fairfield and Peter Bates. The Program is conducted in close collaboration with the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) – Maine Track Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC), under the leadership of Dr. Bob Trowbridge.
Hybrid Learning Model
The learning model was developed by The Dartmouth Institute for their MPH program and is a highly effective method of blended learning that combines high-quality online materials (approximately 2 hours of content weekly) with once-weekly synchronous, one-hour sessions where participants and faculty interact. Additionally, the teams and faculty meet in person at the beginning, mid-way point and at the conclusion of the program to connect with the teams and provide input and coaching on projects. A weekly Discussion Board provides additional faculty-participant interaction.
Modules & Faculty:
Click each below for overarching topics for each module
- Learning Health Systems– Kathleen Fairfield, MD, MPH, DrPH
- Improvement Science– Jordan Peck, PhD & Ghassan Saleh, DMD, MS
- Patient Safety and Diagnostic Error– Bob Trowbridge & MD, Mark Parker, MD
- Population Health & Health Equity– Kathleen Fairfield, MD, MPH, DrPH & Deb Rothenberg, MD, PhD
- Leading Change– Peter Bates, MD & John Tooker, MD, MBA
Practice Improvement or Community-based Population Health Improvement Project
Throughout the course, each team will engage in an improvement project, selected based on their own assessment of greatest need and interest locally. The teams receive support from improvement coaches through the MaineHealth Center for Performance Improvement (CPI).