Healthcare Improvement: Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA)



The Department of Health and Human Services published a study on Medicare patients in 2010 that  showed a concerning level of adverse events, some of which led to the death of patients, that arose from mistakes in their medical care.  It is no surprise that health care reform policy has focused on improving quality and safety.  Whether it be PQRS, Meaningful Use,  the Accountable Care Organization mandate, Medicare’s Pay for Performance or your specialty board’s Maintenance of Certification program,  knowledge of health care improvement processes are an important skill for all physicians to obtain.  Rapid Cycle Improvement as characterized by the Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) tool forms the basis for many of the health care improvement initiatives listed above.  This course is designed to provide any physician with the skill to implement continuous  process improvement utilizing the PDSA tool.  With these skills will come  greater efficiency for your practice, and higher quality and safety for your patients.

Target Audience

This online course has been prepared for any individual who works as a healthcare provider.  There are no prerequisites to participate.


Paul Gurny   M.B.A.   M.S.  Managing Director,  Essential Seminars for Physicians LLC., Senior Professional Instructor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

David Joyce  M.D.   M.B.A.   Director of Educational Programs,  Essential Seminars for Physicians LLC.


After participating in the activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Lead a PDSA improvement project.
  • Determine the improvements that will best benefit your patients.
  • Improve the quality of patient care.
  • Improve the safety of the care that is delivered.
  • Maintain the improvements in care that are achieved.

The video tutorial is divided into  20 – 30 minute segments to enhance the learning experience. It can be viewed on any smart device an unlimited number of times, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Total viewing time     (49:34)

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