CRQS Program Overview

Participation within the CRQS Program will allow for a robust array of academic, administrative, research, and interdisciplinary training opportunities including but not limited to:

  • Develop expertise in quality improvement and patient safety processes. 
  • Facilitate and lead Quality Improvement (QI) projects and teams at Duke University Hospital (DUH) to directly improve the health care experience of our patients.
  • Mentor residents engaging in QI research and projects including the GME Patient Safety and Quality Council (PSQC).
  • Mentor and assist the co-chairs with leadership of the GME PSQC.
  • Participate in and lead hospital-wide safety event analyses under the tutelage of the Duke Center for Healthcare Safety & Quality team.
  • Lead GME-related quality improvement efforts.
  • Participate in DUHS safety and quality committees such as DUH Patient Safety Committee, DUHS Quality System Oversight Committee (QOC), specialty-relevant Core Safety committees, DUHS Medication Safety, DUHS Mortality Committee, and GME PSQC.
  • Attend and present at local & national safety and quality conferences.
  • Produce publishable academic work and demonstrate improved QI outcomes.


Additionally, participants will have ample opportunities for continued education and additional credentialing including but not limited to:

  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification, with possible options for additional training.
  • Team STEPPS Master Trainer, patient safety, and well-being certification through Duke Patient Safety Center.
  • Rapid Improvement Event (RIE) training.
  • Opportunities to obtain Certified Provider in Patient Safety (CPPS) and Certified Provider of Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) certification(s).


Salary will be at the appropriate PGY level, with a possible opportunity to pursue departmental/divisional clinical opportunities, pending options within the respective patient care areas.

Ultimately, successful completion of this program will equip the graduate for desirable leadership opportunities as a part of her/his/their future employment.