The Pediatric Residency Review Committee requires that all residents learn QI methods and participate in a QI project during their residency. Residents are expected to develop skills and habits to systematically analyze their practices using QI methods and implement changes to improve their practices. 

Residents must demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and lifelong learning.

At the core of practice-based learning and improvement (PBLI) is lifelong learning and continuous QI. Mastering these skills requires self-evaluation and reflection to engage in habitual PDSA cycles and practice using evidence-based medicine. Residents must also learn and practice teaching skills to enable them to effectively educate patients, families, students, and other residents and health care professionals.

QI skills may be obtained by active participation on a QI committee that is involved in planning and implementing an intervention, analyzing the intervention on a practice outcome, and incorporating it into practice if QI has occurred or initiating a new PDSA cycle if improvement has not occurred. Different medical specialties may have specific expectations regarding requirements for QI related to PBLI.

For more information about QI requirements for pediatric residents, visit the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education ​in Pediatrics​.

Autism Case Training: A Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Curriculum

The Autism Case Training (ACT) online continuing education course is a free introductory course designed to help primary health care providers gain knowledge and skills to improve early identification of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and ensure timely and appropriate care. The three modules in this course will help you better:

  • identify autism spectrum disorder,
  • assist a family through the diagnostic process,
  • and care for patients with autism spectrum disorder.

You can select the modules most relevant to you – take one, two, or all three. Each module contains two or three case studies based on real-life situations. You may complete all cases within a module at once or at different times.

Each module is eligible for CME, CNE, CEU and CPH. To get continuing education, you must fill out an evaluation and take a quiz at the end of each module.

American Board of Pediatrics Maintenance of Certification (MOC) offers 20 Part 2 credits are available to pediatricians who complete all three training modules, including the evaluation and quiz for each module. ​

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