Students and Residents

​​Imagine a place where health professions students, residents, 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 7-10, 2014, in Orlando, Florida. The National Forum draws nearly 6,000 health care professionals from around the world to participate in a broad arra​y 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.

7​th Annual IHI Open School Chapter Congress*

Monday, December 8, 4:00 - 6:30 PM at the Marriott World Center
IHI Open School Chapter Leaders, members, and Faculty Advisors won’t want to miss the IHI Open School Chapter Congress. This exclusive, free event includes networking with faculty and other students in the IHI Open School network. The Congress is an opportunity to share your Chapter’s triumphs and challenges, learn best practices from today’s health care leaders, and become connected with local and international efforts.

The theme for this year’s Congress is student innovations to improve the health of communities. Participants will hear from leaders from IHI and Costs of Care on how communities can leverage collective efforts to achieve the Triple Aim. 

After the Congress, participants will be able to:
  • Identify opportunities available to students and residents to participate in an international mobilization effort to improve the health of their local populations
  • Describe best practices in organizing and leading an IHI Open School Chapter
  • Identify improvement projects at their organization
​​*Registration is required and can be completed by selecting the “Chapter Congress” option under IHI Open School Student events within your National Forum enrollment.

Prerequisites: Attendees should come prepared with a basic understanding of quality and safety as well as the IHI Open School. To prepare for the Congress, please take a moment to watch the IHI Open School white board videos. Chapter Leaders should review the IHI Open School Chapter Leader Toolkit

Presenters: Berwick,D. President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Shah, N. Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Founder and Executive Director of Costs of Care; Moriates, C. Assistant Clinical Professor at University of California San Francisco Medical Center; Arora, V. Executive Director of Costs of Care; Sarris, L. Program Director, Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane School of Medicine; Harlan, T. Executive Director, Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine.

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etworking Dinner Event

Monday, December 8, 6:30 - 9:00 PM at the Marriott World Center



Kaiser Permanente has generously sponsored 125 student and resident seats at a special networking dinner and cooking demonstration, a new event called “Dinner and a Demo: Improve Health by Learning to Cook.” Participants will dine on a three-course meal designed in the innovative teaching kitchen at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Presenters Dr. Timothy Harlan and Chef Leah Sarris will explain the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, discuss their hands-on nutrition program at Tulane, and demonstrate how to cook the meal served in the session.

Presenters: Sarris, L. Program Director, Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane School of Medicine; Harlan, T. Executive Director, Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine.


Important Registration Information: The first 125 students and residents registered for the Congress will be admitted to the dinner. For professionals and faculty interested in attending the dinner, please note that this session is now full and there are no more tickets remaining for purchase. You may check your Forum enrollment at any time to see if seats have opened up by entering the session code “NDE” or  selecting “Dinner and a Demo: Improve Health by Learning to Cook”.

The following lunch sessions will take place in the Student and Resident Lounge at the Marriott World Center (Tampa Room):

"How to Negotiate Your First Job”
Tuesday, December 9, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Paul Levy, former President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and co-author of How To Negotiate Your First Job: 8 Steps that Will Create Value for You and Your New Employer, will share lessons and insights from years of real-world experience on both sides of the table in job negotiations. Bring your lunch and learn some practical lessons to help you get the best deal in salary, professional development, and other conditions when negotiating your next job offer.

“Networking with the IHI Open School Regional Leaders”
Wednesday, December 10, 12:30 - 1:30 PM 


Join us in the lounge for a session hosted by IHI Open School Regional Leaders. The session will be an opportunity to follow up on next steps from the 7th Annual Chapter Congress, plan your regional activities, and mobilize the IHI Open School community. Special guest, Don Berwick, MD, will also make an appearance to share his reflections on the Congress and offer his help on how to move from “knowledgeable about improvement” to “activated change agent.”




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. Click here for session details.



IHI is pleased to offer a limited amount of funding for scholarships and special discounts. Click here to learn more and complete the online scholarship application




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. The deadline for student storyboard proposals has passed. 

This year, the Storyboard Reception will take place on Tuesday, December 9 from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM. During this time, all storyboard presenters are asked to stand next to their posters to answer questions. There will be other storyboard viewing times, but storyboard presenters are not required to stay with their storyboard during those times. 

Poster Size Requirements 
Storyboards will be mounted on 3 foot x 5 foot panel boards. The usable posting space is the full 3 feet wide x 5 feet high. The hook side of Velcro is the only material that will adhere to the display board. IHI will provide Velcro for you on the set-up days. For more information, please refer to the storyboard handbook.

Storyboard Set-up:
Monday, December 8 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, December 9 from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Storyboard Display:
Tuesday, December 9 from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Storyboard representative presence is not required.

Storyboard Reception:
Tuesday, December 9 from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Plan to be at your board to answer questions and discuss your project with attendees.

Storyboard Breakdown:
Wednesday, December 10 from 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Please remove your storyboard by 1:00 PM. All storyboards left after 1:00 PM will be discarded.

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 previous National Forums.​ 

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