Become a Clinical Quality Leader – Attend CQ University

Sandra Gomez, RN (l) and Quincy Jones, PA-C with their award-winning poster at Duke’s Safety and Quality Conference.

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Foundation, through its Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership, offers a course specifically designed to hone leadership skills to help achieve quality improvement goals. The Leadership in Clinical Quality or Clinical Quality University (CQU) is accepting applications now through Dec. 30 for its 2018 class.

CQU is a team-based course aims to prepare and support physicians and their staff, as they drive quality improvement projects from planning to implementation and then sustaining the project within their organization. CQ’U’ also leverages the physician leaders’ unique knowledge, skills and attitudes to build teams, enhance communication and develop core leadership competencies.

Quincy Jones, PA-C is a 2015 CQU alumna. Her team focused their project on substance abuse screenings at Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham. In 2016, she reports that Lincoln providers did over 30,000 substance abuse screenings, with the formal protocol for screenings being piloted and established as part of their quality improvement project.

The team’s work was recognized last year at the Duke Safety and Quality Conference, where their poster won first place. Since then, Jones presented another poster with updated results from the QI project at the national PA conference, AAPA, last April and has submitted an article for publication to JAAPA as well based on our team’s work. Jones also now teaches QI to PA students.

She lauds the CQU program for giving her valuable experience and the opportunity to learn and apply knowledge that improves patient care.

“The team quality improvement project resulted in a practice wide change that has been sustained for almost 2 years now,” she says. “We received feedback and mentoring throughout the program on our QI project which was very helpful in moving the project forward.   The learning opportunities related to team communication skills (Team STEPPS) and patient safety were also so valuable and offer team based strategies that can easily be integrated into clinical settings.

The 2018 CQU program will begin March 2. Get all the details here and apply today. If you have questions, please contact Erin Grover,


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