How Can We Integrate Health Care Improvement into the Core of Physician Development?

February 26
Live at UCSF Library
530 Parnassus Avenue, Room CL-221/222, San Francisco CA


Education Grand Rounds
How Can We Integrate Health Care Improvement into the Core of Physician Development?


  • live at 530 Parnassus Avenue, Teaching and Learning Center, Room CL-221/222
  • via video-conference at SFGH Building 20, 2nd floor, room # 2202, Ward 22 PRIME-US Telemedicine Videoconference Room
  • via video-conference at UCSF Fresno Education Center, Room 201
  • via MediaSite live stream (registration required)


Led by:

Linda Headrick, MD, MS
Helen Mae Spiese Distinguished Faculty Scholar
Senior Associate Dean for Education
Professor of Medicine
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine


At this presentation relevant to all health professions educators and leaders, Dr. Linda Headrick will discuss elements of successful quality improvement education, including ideas for facilitating its development and strategies for avoiding barriers to its implementation.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the rationale for integrating improvement into the curriculum
  • Identify ways health professional schools can innovate to emphasize quality improvement as a fundamental physician skill.

The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The UCSF School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of one AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

Course No. MGR13075

Brief Bio

Linda A. Headrick, MD, MS, FACP is Helen Mae Spiese Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Senior Associate Dean for Education, and Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. She leads a dean's office team that supports all aspects of medical education, from pre-admissions through continuing medical education. In that role, she has enhanced the medical school's internationally recognized curriculum by emphasizing quality improvement and teamwork. Her academic work focuses on quality improvement in health care and health professional education, with an emphasis on preparing new health professionals to improve care as part of their daily practice.  In 2009-10, Dr. Headrick was the national faculty lead for “Retooling for Quality and Safety,” an Institute for Healthcare Improvement initiative supported by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.  Retooling for Quality and Safety engaged six competitively-selected School of Medicine and School of Nursing partners in implementing innovative methods to integrate health care improvement and patient safety content into required curricula; a paper summarizing the results was published in Health Affairs in December 2012.  Currently, Dr. Headrick is the chair of the Association of American Medical College’s Teaching for Quality (Te4Q) initiative, with the goal of ensuring education in quality and patient safety (including interprofessional education) for the next generation of physicians.  Dr. Headrick received her A.B. in Chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, M.D. at Stanford University and M.S. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University.