Quality Academy Class 2016 SpringUAB Medicine Quality AcademyOn Sunday, April 17, 2016, the UAB Healthcare Quality & Safety program hosted a commencement ceremony for the UAB Medicine Quality Academy’s 29 graduates.

Since 2013, a total of 167 hospital executives and healthcare providers have earned the UAB Healthcare Quality & Safety Graduate Certificate making it the most popular graduate-level certificate program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“Attaining graduate training in the field of healthcare quality & safety is critical for meeting’s the demands of the healthcare industry. With greater emphasis by industry stakeholders on improving quality and safety outcomes for our patients and their families, we need to work diligently to help create this next generation  of healthcare leaders,”  said Deirdre McCaughey, Ph.D., HQS Program Director and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration. “For our graduates, the HQS graduate certificate begins the journey in mastering quality improvement sciences and ensuring they are able to return to their organizations with new expertise.”

While the HQS Graduate Certificate program is offered totally online, the  UAB Medicine Quality Academy program is part of a blended format that meets on campus each semester for 4 weekend-long intensive sessions. During that time in the UAB School of Health Professions Executive Learning Center, the latest class of graduates (the 6th cohort) created remarkable networking and engaging multidisciplinary debate and projects.

Quality Academy Spring 2016Quality Academy graduates celebrate“This class of leaders, like the classes before them, demonstrated the power of multidisciplinary collaboration and learning,” said Scott Buchalter, M.D., Medical Director, HQS programs and UAB Medicine Quality Education Officer, UAB Health System. “The expertise they achieved in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety will position them to lead their colleagues and staff in pursuing real-time improvement in our clinical and operational outcomes, which is so necessary for our continued excellence in delivering great care to our patients.”

The HQS Graduate Certificate only requires four courses and admits students in the Fall and Spring semesters.

In 2015, the HQS program expanded to include a UAB Healthcare Quality & Safety Master of Science degree. This is an effort to meet the growing demands around the country for better patient outcomes.

For more information about the HQS programs visit uab.edu/HQS.