This Week at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement                 August 25, 2014

A Game-Changing Guide for Graduate Medical Education?

A newly released Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation's Health Needs, highlights important gaps in training the physician workforce in the US. Report authors note that the current system continues to put far more energy into specialty rather than primary care; shortchanges rural and underserved communities; and allows residents to spend most of their time training in hospitals at the expense primary care clinics and the community. In a new post to the IHI Blog, IHI Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Dr. Don Goldmann, and Senior Project and Regional Operations Manager, Jesse McCall, comment on the IOM report findings, and suggest ways for residency programs to produce “a workforce that knows how to practice cost-effective, interprofessional, team-based care that respects the preferences and circumstances of patients and families.” To help academic medical centers accelerate improvement of their Clinical Learning Environment Review programs, ACGME and IHI are partnering to offer a one-day workshop on October 24 called Graduate Medical Education: Focusing on Quality and Safety in a Clinical Learning Environment.

IHI Faculty Join MOOC on Improving Global Health

IHI President and CEO, Maureen Bisognano, and IHI Senior Vice President, Kedar Mate, MD, are among the leading health care thinkers who will contribute to Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety, an eight-week massive open online course (MOOC) presented by HarvardX. Ashish Jha, MD, a Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, will lead the free online course, which starts on September 16. Bisognano and Mate will serve as faculty in Week 4, with Bisognano sharing improvement stories (watch her video trailer) and Mate connecting with learners in a Google Hangout focused on quality improvement evaluation. The MOOC includes 12 diverse health experts from around the globe, and will focus largely on the policy and research side of quality. “The course,” according to Jha, “is designed for those who care about health and health care, and wish to learn more about how to measure and improve care — for themselves, for their institutions, or for their countries.”

IHI National Forum Justin Micalizzi Scholarship

Justin’s HOPE Project and IHI are proud to once again offer the Justin A. Micalizzi Memorial Scholarship for the 26th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care on December 7-10 in Orlando, Florida. The scholarship is in loving memory of Justin, who died at the age of 11 due to a medical error. His family has made it possible for others to learn from this devastating loss and improve pediatric health care ever since. One way is through the National Forum Micalizzi Scholarship, which is awarded to health professionals committed to pediatric safety and who work with vulnerable, underprivileged, and underserved populations. Scholarship applications will be accepted until September 28 and must include a 500-word essay explaining your dedication to serving vulnerable pediatric populations and improving children’s health care. More details on this and other National Forum Scholarships can be found on IHI's website.

IHI Focus Area Spotlight

Improvement Capability: See Firsthand How Health Care and City Leaders Partner to Improve Health

Person- and Family-Centered Care: What Matters to You? A Letter to IHI

Patient Safety: Sepsis Care Outside of the ICU

Quality, Cost, and Value: New Payment Models Incentivize Insurers to Improve Care and Lower Costs

Triple Aim for Populations: Study Highlights Features of Successful Care Management Programs


We're taking a break next week! There will be no TW@IHI on Monday, September 1, due to the Labor Day holiday in the US.


City Health in Cape Town, South Africa, in partnership with the Western Cape Government's Department of Health and IHI, has rolled out antiretroviral clubs at treatment facilities, drastically reducing the time that HIV patients spend at clinics


Congratulations to IHI CEO, Maureen Bisognano, and IHI Board members Gary Kaplan and Mike Dowling on "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare ‒ 2014" recognition by Modern Healthcare



IHI Director Kelly McCutcheon Adams describes how the Breakthrough Series Collaborative model helped improve organ donation rates

The new Hospital Guide to Reducing Medicaid Readmissions from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Where's IHI this week?

IHI Executive Vice President, Derek Feeley, will join other leaders at the White House Office of Social Innovation in Washington, DC, this week for a meeting on Communities of Excellence 2026, an initiative focused on achieving sustainable community performance excellence.

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