Master Class Writing Workshop in Quality Improvement Studies


WHAT: Master Class Writing Workshop in Quality Improvement Studies


  • Session 1: Introduction to Writing a QI Study. Learn the typical elements of a published QI study. Thursday, October 6, 7–9 p.m. EST

  • Session 2: Roundtable Manuscript Critique and Discussion. Review your manuscript with other workshop participants to finetune the writing and content. Thursday, November 3, 7–9 p.m.

    *Participants will write a first draft between these two workshops and meet virtually one-on-one with a mentor who will guide development of the manuscript.

WHERE: Online

COST: Free

WHO: Pennsylvania healthcare workers who have already completed a QI project at their hospital, facility, or organization. No writing experience is required. At least one co-author must attend both workshop sessions. Authors agree to grant Patient Safety, the PSA’s peer-reviewed journal, the right of first refusal on manuscripts developed through the workshop.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a summary of your completed QI project of less than 500 words by filling in this template and uploading it to our online submission portal. Applicants will be prioritized based on replicability, novelty, and impact of their work.

Applications must be received by Friday, August 5, 2022. Participants will be selected and notified of their acceptance by August 31.

The Patient Safety Authority (PSA) is holding its first master class in writing quality improvement studies. This two-part online workshop is intended for those who have completed a quality improvement (QI) project which made a difference in patient care at their facility or organization—but have not yet written it for publication.

Sharing the development, implementation, and outcomes of your QI project so that others can learn from and replicate it is an important and easy way to advance safe care for patients. Many healthcare workers involved in QI projects are busy and think they don’t have the time to write their study, or that no one would be interested in publishing it.

This short workshop will show you that it isn’t as hard as you might think to turn your QI project into a manuscript and publish it in an academic journal. Olivia Lounsbury, Quality and Safety Program coordinator, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, will teach step-by-step instructions and provide tools that anyone can use to draft a manuscript based on their project. Then our healthcare content experts and Patient Safety editorial team will mentor you in readying the manuscript for publication.

In just four hours, you will build the skills and confidence to write, submit, and publish your manuscript in an academic journal—amplifying the impact of your work to benefit patients beyond the walls of your hospital.

Read more about writing QI studies for publication in Patient Safety.

About the Instructor

Olivia LounsburyOlivia Lounsbury serves as the Quality and Safety Program coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Outside of her full-time role, she also serves as editorial assistant for the Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management, patient safety research assistant for Imperial College London, and lead facilitator for the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation’s (APSF) patient engagement initiatives. She will graduate from Georgetown University with her master’s in clinical quality, safety, and leadership in December 2022. In her free time, she enjoys trying new coffees, listening to live music, and laughing with friends and family.