Students and Residents

Imagine a place where health professions students, residents, and faculty who are passionate about improving care  come together for the year’s most powerful and energizing event. That place is the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, from December 6-9, 2015, 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.  

Each year, the IHI Open School designs unique and tailored programming for its members, and you’re invited to join! 
8th Annual IHI Open School Chapter Congress*
Monday, December 7, 4:00 – 7:00 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 learn best practices from today’s health care leaders and become connected with local and international health improvement efforts.
This year, participants will have an energizing experience as they collaborate to address a simulated quality improvement challenge. In this fun, interactive, quality improvement case study, which we’re calling a “Virtual Practicum,” participants will:
  •  Innovate to create solutions to a real systems problem
    Work as part of an interdisciplinary team under the guidance of national leaders in the field
  • Gain exposure to — and experience in — common quality improvement tools and methodologies
  •  Compete for an exciting prize
​​*Registration is required. Select 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 whiteboard videos on the Model for Improvement, PDSA Cycles, and Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge. Chapter Leaders should review the IHI Open School Chapter Leader Toolkit.
Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Lakshman Swamy, MD, IHI National Forum Co-Chair, Internal Medicine Resident at Boston Medical Center
Chris Worsham, MD, Internal Medicine Resident at Boston Medical Center
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Presenter and Student Reception
Monday, December 7, 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Marriott World Center
Following the Chapter Congress, we invite students and faculty to join the IHI National Forum Faculty for a networking reception.
Lunch Sessions
The following lunch sessions will take place in the Student and Resident Lounge at the Marriott World Center (Tampa Room):
"IHI Open School Change Agent Network: Mobilizing 30,000 people to improve health and health care"
Tuesday, December 8, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
The IHI Open School Change Agent Network (I-CAN) is celebrating a big milestone: mobilizing 30,000 people to action to improve population health! All are welcome to attend the event and celebrate all that the community of I-CAN Scholars has accomplished since the initiative launch in September 2014.
“Networking with the IHI Open School Regional Leaders”
Wednesday, December 9, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Join us in the lounge for a session with the IHI Open School Regional Leaders. The session will be an opportunity to follow up on next steps from the Chapter Congress, plan your regional activities, and mobilize the IHI Open School community.
Student Storyboard Walkaround Session
Tuesday, 1:30 -2:45 PM (Workshop C), Student and Resident section of the Storyboard Hall
Open to all students, residents, and faculty, this session features a discussion between IHI Open School faculty and academic advisors and students whose storyboards were selected as examples of high-impact work. Learn how students play a critical role in improving quality, both during their training and in their future careers.
Game Night
Sunday, December 6, 8:00 - 10:00 PM, Marriott Lobby Bar
Swing by anytime to play board games and get to know your fellow conference attendees in a fun, casual setting before the Forum launches in full swing the next morning. 
Student Track
Need help navigating all of the great opportunities at the Forum? The IHI Open School has got you covered. Check out the Student Track, which includes some suggested sessions here.

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

Academic Scholarships:

For the National Forum, IHI is pleased to offer these scholarships for general conferences fees ONLY. These scholarships are not available for Minicourses, Learning Labs, or Excursions:

  • 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

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.
Storyboard presenters will have an opportunity to share their work with thousands of health care professionals during the conference Storyboard Reception on Tuesday, December 8 from 4:30-6:30 PM. During this time, we ask that all storyboard presenters stand with their posters to answer questions about their work. (There will be other storyboard viewing times, and storyboard presenters can choose whether to be present during those times.
The deadline to submit storyboards has passed.
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 7 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, December 8 from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Storyboard Display:
Tuesday, December 8 from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Storyboard representative presence is not required.
Storyboard Reception:
Tuesday, December 8 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 9 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? We accept both completed and ongoing projects. Template
Example 1
Example 2
Please email with any questions about IHI Open School events, academic scholarships, or student storyboard submissions for this year’s Forum.