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Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

Quality Improvement Methods

Quality Improvement Methods

Quality Improvement Training for Perinatal Professionals

Target Audience: Obstetric and neonatal physicians, midwives, nurses, administrators, educators, and hospital quality improvement teams. Anyone working in the perinatal field is invited to attend, but the emphasis will be on hospital QI.

Commitment: Attendance by an inter-professional team (min. 3 team members) on 5 one-hour virtual educational sessions, held over a 10-week period of time. 

Training Session Topics

  • Identifying the problem 
  • Developing process maps 
  • Creating key driver diagrams 
  • Understanding types of data and determining measures 
  • Prioritization matrices 
  • Generating solutions and sustaining change 
  • Understanding variation and creating PDSA cycles  

Participant Requirements: Must attend in project teams of at least 3 people per site, and must complete training session pre-work, commit to attend all 5 virtual sessions, and complete homework. Trainers will be available after each virtual session to assist teams, and can provide technical assistance between sessions. 

Pre-Work: Identify any small scope (~6 month) QI problem statement. We recommend your project be a sub-section of a larger QI project (for example, 1 piece of the MORE, PROVIDE, PAIRED, or other QI project).


  • Maya Balakrishnan, MD, CSSBB
    Maya Balakrishnan, MD, CSSBB
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics, USF
    Director of Quality and Safety, USF GME
    Associate Director of Clinical and Quality Management, FPQC
  • Karen Fugate MSN, RNC-NIC CPHQ
    Karen Fugate MSN, RNC-NIC CPHQ
    Performance Improvement Specialist, Tampa General Hospital