New Abstractor training is offered to help familiarize the new Surgical Clinical Quality Reviewer (SCQR) with the MSQC program requirements and to assist in formulating a method for consistent and accurate data abstraction which ensures the collection of high-quality data. This data supports quality and process of care improvements and healthcare research of the surgical patient population at all participating hospitals.

The SCQR training is available via a formatted schedule over a period of 4 weeks, during which topics are introduced through online learning modules and are further explained during training Webinars by the instructors. We also offer a self-paced training option for interested individuals who have prior abstraction experience or a strong surgery background. Both options incorporate the MSQC variables and definitions, the sampling process, and the introduction to quality improvement initiatives. The topics are applied by the students by completing case studies and utilizing the training environment of the web-based MSQC Workstation. The training requirements must be completed prior to access to the SCQRs hospital Workstation.

Are you hiring a new Abstractor?

Please click the link to view the SCQR Job Description

Training Registration

Registration for training must be submitted by the deadline listed below for the corresponding training month. This will allow sufficient time for the new abstractor to complete 16-20 hours of self-paced online learning modules, case study, pre-training quiz, and other requirements prior to the first webinar, and to acclimate themselves to their hospital. Registrations submitted after the deadline date will not be accepted.

Please click the Training Registration  link to register for an upcoming training session. If registering for the self-paced option, it must first be approved by MSQC.

Once the registration has been received, you will receive a confirmation email within 2 business days. Please call the MSQC Coordinating Center at 734-998-8200 if a confirmation email is not received.

SCQR Training Dates 2023

Month of
Training Class

Webinar #1
Webinar #2

July7/3/2023 7/10/20237/12/20237/17/20237/24/2023
Sept/Oct9/11/2023 9/18/20239/20/20239/25/202310/2/2023
Nov/Dec11/20/2023 11/27/202311/29/202312/4/202312/11/2023


All training will be held virtually.

Training Questions?

Please contact Cheryl at if you have any questions about SCQR training.