Background: Surgical quality improvement (QI) is a global priority. We report the design and proof-of concept testing of a QI skills curriculum for urology residents. Methods: ‘Umbrella review’ of QI curricula (Phase-1); development of draft QI curriculum (Phase-2); curriculum review by Steering Committee of urologists (Attendings & Residents), QI and medical education experts and patients (Phase-3); proof-of-concept testing (Phase-4). Results: Phase-1: Six systematic reviews were identified of 4,332 search hits. Most curricula are developed/evaluated in the USA; use mixed teaching methods (incl. didactic, QI exercises & self-reflection); and introduce core QI techniques (e.g., Plan-Do-Study-Act). Phase-2: curriculum drafted. Phase-3: the curriculum was judged to represent state-of-the-art, relevant QI training. Stronger patient involvement element was incorporated. Phase-4: the curriculum was delivered to 43 urology residents. The delivery was feasible; the curriculum implementable; and a knowledge-skills-attitudes evaluation approach successful. Conclusion: We have developed a practical QI curriculum, for further evaluation and national implementation.
- quality improvement