FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Quality Improvement?
What are QI (Quality Improvement) Projects?
What are QI (Quality Improvement) Observerships?
Who is involved in these QI Projects?
What are IPE Credits?
What is a Project Charter?
Do I need background in Quality Improvement or healthcare related fields to become a QI Project Applicant?
What is the QUIPS Conference and what am I going to present at that conference?
I am not a UofT student, can I still be a part of QI Projects and Observerships?


 

What is Quality Improvement ?

Quality improvement (QI) consists of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in health care services and the health status of targeted patient groups. Quality Improvement operates on the following key principles:

  • QI work as systems and processes
  • Focus on patients
  • Focus on being part of the team
  • Focus on use of the data

Read the full article here

What are QI (Quality Improvement) Projects?

QI Projects are projects where a student team is lead by a project champion in healthcare organization in a year long project about a problem in healthcare. This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain practical experience in the healthcare setting.

Examples of past QI Projects can be found here.

Once you apply for a QI Project you will be selected to work with one of the 7 QI Project topics. Theres topics are provided by QI Champions and you will be work with a group (usually around 8 people) to learn and research and present your findings concerning the topic that you have been chosen to do.

What are QI (Quality Improvement) Observerships?

The QI Observerships provide students from healthcare (e.g. medicine, nursing, pharmacy, etc.) and healthcare-related disciplines (e.g. engineering, health policy, public health, etc.) with short-term educational and practical experience opportunities in leadership, patient safety, and quality improvement.

UT IHI Open school has recruited QI experts in the health care field that are eager to share their expertise and experience with students through an observership. Accepted students in our Observership program will be matched with a QI Observership Collaborator and will be given a short-term opportunity to do one or more of the following during the 2015-2016 academic year:

  • Job Shadowing
  • Attending one of the Collaborator’s QI or Patient Safety Meetings
  • Attending Rounds and events related to QI or Patient Safety
  • Tours around the Collaborator’s facility
Who is involved in these QI Projects?

The Leaders of the QI Projects, also known as the “QI Project Champions” are leaders in healthcare who work in different settings. We have some project champions from hospitals such as Sickkids, Sunnybrook, St. Micheals, as well as individuals who have plenty of experience in healthcare improvement field.

What are IPE Credits?

Teamwork in health care is often referred to as Interprofessional Practice. Interprofessional practice results in the collaborative, comprehensive care that our clients/patients value and expect.
The goal of interprofessional education is to prepare health professional students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for collaborative interprofessional practice.

http://www.ipe.utoronto.ca

What is a Project Charter?

A Project Charter is a statement of the scope, objectives and participants in a project and is a critical document to ensure that everyone involved in the project is aware of its purpose and objectives.

For QI Projects, the project will involve healthcare related scope, objectives and participants and helped develop the understanding of the project QI Project members and champions.

Do I need background in Quality Improvement or healthcare related fields to become a QI Project Applicant?

No, the QI Projects are open to all students in every field with an interest in healthcare. We have had Engineers, Computer Science students apply for QI Projects because they shown a genuine interest in healthcare improvement. So feel free to apply for a QI Project.

What is the QUIPS Conference and what am I going to present at that conference?

The QUIPS (Quality Improvement & Patient Safety) conference is an annual conference that the UTIHI (University of Toronto Institute of Healthcare Improvement) offers where professionals and students present there findings and research in a group conference.

Here students interested in healthcare and those who have completed a QI Project have the opportunity to contribute to discussions of healthcare improvement and to network with peers, collaborators and potential employers.

See the full article here

I am not a UofT student, can I still be a part of QI Projects and Observerships?

Participants in QI Projects that are not a UofT student can still participate in the QI Project. However they will not receive and IPE credits and they will have to pay a 5$ fee.