Registration Open for Fall Cohort of WHA Physician Quality Academy

June 30, 2017

Physicians are often assigned a role with a hospital or health system’s quality department or committee, or they are asked to lead a quality improvement project. Knowledge about quality improvement tools and principles can increase the likelihood that a physician will be more engaged in, successful in and comfortable with his/her leadership role. 

To ensure physicians have access to the training and resources necessary to lead quality improvement initiatives, WHA is offering a fall cohort of the WHA Physician Quality Academy. The Academy offers two non-consecutive days of in-person training and access to supporting resources both between and after the live sessions. Participants will learn to design and conduct quality improvement projects utilizing proven improvement models; interpret data correctly; facilitate physician colleague engagement in quality improvement and measurement; and, discuss quality requirements, medical staff functions and their link to quality improvement.

“Attending the Quality Academy was an enlightening experience. [The Academy] helped me develop a broader framework of systems thinking in health care and the importance of critically defining metrics involved,” said Paul Bekx, MD, chief of staff and medical director of quality and regulation for Monroe Clinic, an attendee of the 2017 spring cohort of the Physician Quality Academy. “The quality improvement model tools that were presented helped guide us to define the problem at hand, the critical questions to ask, the proper metrics to measure and how the answers to these items can help in the next cycle of improvement in quality. The conference was very helpful.”

The fall cohort of the Academy will be offered September 29 and November 3, at Glacier Canyon Lodge at The Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. By enrolling, participating physicians are committing to and expected to attend both days of their enrolled cohort. The full event agenda and online registration are available at, and a brochure is included in this week’s packet. Attendance is limited, so register your physicians today.

The Academy is jointly provided by AXIS Medical Education and WHA. AXIS Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for physicians. AXIS Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This story originally appeared in the June 30, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter