Quality Improvement Certificate Program

Show your commitment to quality improvement in radiology by earning an RSNA Quality Essentials Certificate (QEC) or advanced level quality certificate (ALQC).

Earn certificates by completing quality improvement courses online or in person at the RSNA annual meeting.

Participants must demonstrate knowledge in one of four quality improvement domains:

  • Quality improvement in your practice
  • Staff and patient safety
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Radiologist performance improvement

When you complete one course from each domain and earn 80% or higher on a related test, you are eligible to receive a QEC. Courses are held on-site at the RSNA annual meeting and are available on the online learning center within six months of the meeting.

The courses are free to members and include an audiovisual presentation as well as a corresponding transcript.

Since the program's inception in 2011, more than 1,500 in-person QECs and more than 2,400 online certificates, have been awarded.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact quality@rsna.org.

QEC domains

Certificate in quality improvement in your practice

Learn the basic principles and tools necessary for a successful practice.

IOM report on improving diagnosis (MSQI31-2017)
Learn key points from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, "Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare."

Designing and running a successful practice quality improvement effort (MSQI3215)
Develop operational measures that align with quality improvement projects.

Common mistakes in quality improvement (MSQI3315)
Learn how pitfalls in practice quality improvement can impact the success of a project.

Fundamentals of lean — what, how and why now? (MSQI3114-2018)
List the fundamental principles of the Lean approach as these apply to the field of imaging.

Quality improvement in your practice (MSQI3311-2018)
Discuss the essential components of a quality improvement program.

Certificate in staff and patient safety

Master the basic elements of risk management necessary to protect staff and patients.

Safety at work (MSQ3113)
Identify common staff safety risk sources and implement strategies to mitigate and prevent risks.

The lean toolbox in practice (MSQ3314-2018)
Identify various examples of “waste” as defined by the Lean approach.

Certificate in customer satisfaction

Learn about the value of patient and family engagement to promote high quality care.

What is value? (MSQI31-2016)
Demonstrate the value of patient and family engagement to promote high quality and safe care.

Learning from mistakes (MSQI33-2016)
Recognize the pitfalls and problems commonly encountered in performance improvement.

Certificate in radiologist performance improvement

Focus on various aspects of professionalism, peer learning and review.

Organizational learning in radiology (MSQI33-2017)
Learn the important categories of change needed to switch from peer review to peer learning and improvement.

Understanding error and improvement in diagnosis (MSQI32-2017)
Discuss the sources of errors and the strategies for overcoming them.

Radiologist performance improvement (MSQI32)
Learn to implement a practice quality improvement project that enables non-punitive peer review.

Implementing lean in your practice (MSQI3214-2018)
Apply strategies to further the alignment of operations and outcomes using the Lean approach in everyday practice.


Advanced level quality certificate

RSNA rewards accomplished individuals with an advanced level quality certificate (ALQC) for meeting the following criteria:

  1. Attain a QEC (in person or online) in each of the following four domains: quality improvement in your practice, staff and patient safety, customer satisfaction and radiologist performance improvement.
  2. Be a primary author on quality improvement report at an RSNA annual meeting within the last five years.