Foundation & QIE

Alliance Serial Project: An Adventure in Quality Improvement

The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (founding organization of FCEhp) has special interest group (SIG) communities of practice and learning for their members  who engage with one and other and explore key topic areas.  The Quality Improvement and Implementation Science SIG (QI) expressed an interest in seeing real world examples of successes and challenges that others had encountered in the course of developing quality improvement education activities.

To address this interest, QI SIG co-facilitators Caroline Robinson and Gayla Bruner identified quality improvement activity and explored how to share its successes, challenges and learnings. Caroline and Gayla turned to radio and NPR’s highly popular and engaging “Serial” podcast. This series told the story of a murder mystery in increments over a period of time and its success made it an excellent model to explore. Medscape generously volunteered to support this introductory effort in which the "Serial" storytelling model was applied to the ins and outs of the planning, development, implementation, and assessment of one QI initiative.

This initiative focused on addressing gaps in the care and management of patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), and was conducted in partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and by an unrestricted educational grant from Genentech. Pam Peters developed the story and script for what has become “Serial: An Adventure in Quality Improvement.” Episodes of this exciting story are found here. We hope you learn, enjoy, and participate in our QI discussion forum to advance our community conversation.

Do you have an idea or story you would like to share within a future series? We would welcome the opportunity to hear from you!