Help Physicians Improve Quality at the WHA Physician Quality Academy

September 01, 2017

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

You can provide your physicians the training and resources needed by encouraging them to attend the WHA Physician Quality Academy this fall. The WHA Physician Quality Academy offers two non-consecutive days of in-person training, co-led by physicians and quality professionals and geared toward all levels of physician quality engagement, from the general workforce, to medical director, physician champion, or director of quality. 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 and participant in the 2017 spring cohort of the Physician Quality Academy.

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. The agenda and online registration are available at

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 September 01, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter