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 8-11, 2013, in Orlando, Florida. The National Forum draws nearly 6,000 health care professionals from around the world to participate in a broad array of learning sessions and networking events.


This is the most powerful event of the year for health professions students, residents, faculty, and deans who are passionate about improving care. Each year, the IHI Open School designs unique and specific programming for its members, and we'd love for you to join!


You can find all of the information regarding the student and faculty opportunities at the National Forum on this page. Please email with any questions or concerns. 


Students! As you begin to plan and make your arrangements for your trip to Orlando, we invite you to join the Students at IHI's 25th National Forum Facebook group to connect with other attendees to coordinate transportation sharing from the airport, make hotel arrangements, and arrange for things to do when you’re at the conference!


Student Events

In addition to the learning you’ll be exposed to and individuals you’ll meet during the workshop sessions, the IHI Open School has designed student-centered events that will allow students and residents establish connections with other attendees.

6th Annual IHI Open School Chapter Congress

December 9, 4:30-7:30 pm at the Gaylord Palms Resort—Sun C
The Chapter Congress 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.
This exclusive, free event will include:
  • Speeches from Dr. Donald Berwick, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at IHI, and Dr. Jack Cochran, Executive Director of The Permanente Federation at Kaiser Permanente 
  • A special activity led by Dr. Cochran and Dr. Berwick that will put all your quality improvement knowledge and skills to the test
  • The opportunity to swap stories of your Chapter’s triumphs and challenges with other Chapters from around the world


Registration is required and can be completed by selecting the Chapter Congress option under IHI Open School Student events within your National Forum enrollment.

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Faculty and Student Reception

December 9, 7:30-9:00 pm at the Gaylord Palms Resort—Emerald Bay Plaza
Following the Chapter Congress, students and faculty are invited to join the IHI National Forum Faculty for a networking reception.

Lunch Session: Mobilizing the IHI Open School Community

December 10, 12:30–1:30 pm at the Marriott World Center—Tampa Room

Join us in the student lounge for a session hosted by IHI Open School Regional Chapter Leaders Jo-Inge Myhre and Valerie Pracilio. It will be an opportunity to connect with the Chapter network to discuss next steps following the 6th Annual Chapter Congress, plans for your region, and mobilizing the IHI Open School community.  

Storyboard Reception

December 10, 4:30–6:30 pm at the Marriott World Center in the Exhibition Hall—Cypress 1

Storyboard displays at the National Forum chronicle specific projects. They are an integral part of the Forum, providing an opportunity for organizations to share their improvement strategies and celebrate their successes with other Forum attendees. Each year, students and residents present storyboards on their Chapter successes and quality improvement projects. To check them out, visit the Student section in the storyboard hall during the reception, or view them virtually on our website.

Lunch Session: IHI Open School Alumni & Mentorship

December 11, 12:30–1:30 pm at the Marriott World Center—Tampa Room

Led by IHI Open School Regional Chapter Leaders Dr. Andy Carson-Stevens and Kimberley Scott in the student lounge, this will be an opportunity to network and discuss leading improvement work after graduation.  


IHI is pleased to offer a limited amount of funding for scholarships and special discounts. Click here to complete the online scholarship application.
*The deadline to apply for a scholarship to attend the Forum has passed.

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are available to assist with general conference fees ONLY and are not applicable for surrounding events, travel, food, or accommodation costs associated with attending the program.

  • 75% scholarship for full-time students
  • 50% scholarship for part-time students (2 classes or more)
  • 50% scholarship for residents
  • 50% scholarship for full-time faculty and deans

IHI Open School Alumni Discount

A limited amount of scholarships are available for student alumni of the IHI Open School. Graduated Chapter Leaders and Chapter members are eligible for a 50% discount. Please email to request the discount code you will need to register.

Student Track

For students new to quality improvement or new to the National Forum, we’ve selected sessions that will accelerate your capacity for quality improvement.

Workshops A/B

A9/B9 Getting By with a Little Help from … Students?
A10/B10 Personal Mastery for Transformational Leadership  

Workshop C

C6: Engaging Frontline Staff in Real-Time Improvement

Workshop D/E

D17/E17: Go Shadow: See Patients’ Wants and Needs While Lowering Costs
D19/E19: Student- and Resident-Driven Patient Safety Programs


Each year, we encourage students and residents to display storyboards about their Chapter successes, quality improvement projects, and personal improvement projects at the National Forum. Please read the storyboard handbook for complete display information and set-up instructions.

*The deadline to submit storyboards has passed. All storyboard proposals received after October 10 will be included only in the National Forum’s Storyboard Reception—not the onsite guide.    

Click here to submit a storyboard proposal.  

You can find templates and examples below to help guide you in creating your storyboard; however, you are not required to use them. Click here for additional storyboard examples from last year’s National Forum.

Chapter Storyboards​​ ​
How is your Chapter structured? What activities did
you do this year? What do you plan to do next year?
Personal Improvement Project​​
​​Are you working on a personal improvement project? We accept both completed and ongoing projects.
Quality Improvement Project​​ ​
​​Are you involved in a quality improvement project in class or with your Chapter? Template
Example 1
Example 2