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 4-7, 2011, in Orlando, Florida. The Annual National Forum draws nearly 6,000 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 for students and teachers alike.


The 4th Annual IHI Open School Chapter Congress on December 5th is an opportunity for Chapters to come together, share their successes, challenges, and generate ideas for the new year. The event also gives Chapter members the opportunity to meet other leaders in the community, share best practices, and build new skill sets.
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Networking Opportunities

  • Professional―In addition to the learning you’ll be exposed to and individuals you’ll meet during the sessions, National Forum mentors will facilitate a small group daily debrief to help students reflect on their experiences.
  • Social―Attend receptions and other student-centered National Forum events to establish connections with other attendees.
  • Virtual―During and after the National Forum, IHI’s Open School for Health Professions initiative and Facebook Community can help you stay connected.
  • Moderate a National Forum session, which involves introducing the speaker and managing time and Q&A.



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Hotel and Travel 

Scholarships and Enrollment 

Frequently Asked Questions



What are people saying about the National Forum?

We asked students and faculty from various disciplines about their experiences at previous National Forums. Click on any of the questions below to hear their responses to our questions.



​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Alexi Nazem
Recent Graduate, Yale Medical School
Recent Graduate, Harvard Business School
Why did you attend last year's National Forum?
What should students do after they return home from the National Forum?
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Desiree de la Torre
Recent Carey Business School Graduate, John Hopkins University
Did you follow the student track last year?
What should students do between sessions?
What should students do after they return home from the National Forum?
​ ​ ​ Matt Eggebrecht
Recent Health Care Administration Graduate, University of Minnesota
Do you have any advice for students on how to approach health professionals?
​ ​ ​ ​ Andy Carson-Stevens
Recent Graduate, Cardiff University
What's the best part of the National Forum?
Who should students try to meet?
What's it like to be an international student?
How have you used what you learned at last year's National Forum?
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Justin Coffey
Physician at Henry Ford
Who should students try to meet while they're at the National Forum?
How should students prepare for the National Forum?
What should students do between sessions?
What advice do you have for those trying to get time off from their residency to attend the National Forum?
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Larry Mandelkehr
Director of Performance Improvement, UNC Healthcare System
What are "plenary sessions?"
What are "tracks," and how do you use them?
What do you want students to bring back?
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Janet Craig
Associate Professor, Clemson School of Nursing
Why is it important that students attend the National Forum?
Are there any sessions that students shouldn't miss?