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Imagine a place where health professions students and teachers who are passionate about improving care can come together in the year’s most powerful and energizing event. That place is the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, taking place December 6-9, 2009, in Orlando, Florida. The annual National Forum draws nearly 7,000 health care professionals from around the world in person, and thousands more via satellite broadcast, to participate in a broad array of learning sessions and networking events. More students will be attending this year’s National Forum than ever before, and IHI has planned student-focused events to help make the Forum a more valuable experience.


Student events include:

  • Attend the Student Welcome Reception
  • Get matched with a mentor who’ll help you get the most out of the National Forum
  • A “Student Track” of sessions relevant to students and those new to QI
  • A display of student-submitted posterboards
    • Chapter posters
    • Personal improvement project
    • Quality Improvement Project

 National Forum Materials

  • Download the National Forum program brochure
  • Download the student survival guide
  • Review the suggested preparation opportunities
  • Bring your own business cards or use this business card template
  • NEW!  Apply for a $250 student travel stipend

 What People Are Saying About the National Forum

“The exposure to such motivated professionals is invaluable, and the energy at the IHI National Forum is contagious. I was honored to participate in the posterboard presentations and as a result, I have been given the opportunity to share my research as a part of a bigger study to be published in a medical journal later this year.”
Crystal Hooper RN, BSN, CEN, Graduate Student, Clemson University School of Nursing

“Connecting the students to quality improvement work is very invaluable to them and the patients they will serve.”
Rob Colones, President, McLeod Health

“The inspiration and motivation that I have received from the past two years at the IHI conference is unparalleled by any other conference that I have ever attended. The quality of the materials presented, the data evident behind the research, and the thought-provoking forums leave me with so much inspiration to return home and promote change and reform in my own area as a nurse.”
Marian Crawford, RN, BSN, Graduate Student, Nursing Administration

 Improvement Audio Clips

​Listen to the clips below to see what students, faculty, and health professionals have to say about attending the National Forum.  Each clip is less than 5 minutes.

Do you have any advice for students on how to approach health professionals?
Matt Eggebrecht
Health Care Administration Student, University of Minnesota
Alexi Nazem
4th year student, Yale Medical School
1st year student, Harvard Business School

Desiree de la Torre
Carey Business School Student, John Hopkins University

Senior Project Manager, John Hopkins Health System
Andy Carson-Stevens
Medical Student, Cardiff University
Justin Coffey
Chief Resident in Psychiatry, University of Michigan Health System
Larry Mandelkehr
Director of Performance Improvement, UNC Healthcare System
Janet Craig
Associate Professor, Clemson School of Nursing


Mary Dolansky
Assistant Professor in Quality Improvement and Self-Management, Case Western University