Students and Residents

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The IHI National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, draws nearly 6,000 health care change agents from around the world to participate in a broad array of learning sessions and networking events that inspire, motivate, and offer lasting lessons to carry forward in their careers in health and health care.

Health professional students and residents typically make up around 10% of attendees, providing an unparalleled opportunity to surround yourself with others in early stages of their careers, who are as passionate as you are about improving health and health care. 

On this page, you can learn more about additional programming for students and residents at the Forum as well as a recommended track of general Forum sessions. You can also learn more about the scholarships available for students, residents, and faculty, and exciting opportunities to present your work:


Student and Resident Track




Each year, the IHI Open School designs additional programming to bring together our network of learners around the world and offers scholarships for students, residents, and faculty – a few of which are outlined below.

Details of event location and timing subject to change so be sure to revisit this page for updates on our programming in September. 

Sunday, December 9​  

IHI Open School Social for Students and Residents

8:00 – 10:00 PM 
Location TBD

Open to all students and residents, this is a casual opportunity to socialize with your peers before the conferences begins.
Monday, December 10
IHI Open School Deep Dive: Substance Use Disorder and Equity

12:30 – 3:00 PM
Crystal H Ballroom, Marriott World Center

​Join leaders from the Open School’s Campaign to address substance use disorder (SUD) to learn more about how we define SUD, interventions that work, and why addressing equity is critical component to any improvement approaches. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and network with individuals actively working on improving the lives of those with substance use disorders. This session will also provide a good introduction to the Open School campaign and we encourage anyone who has interest in participating in the campaign to attend.

Register for the IHI Open School Deep Dive here​

IHI Open School Congress: Substance Use Disorder Campaign Launch

4:00 – 7:00 PM
Crystal H Ballroom, Marriott World Center


The Open School Congress is an exclusive, free event that brings together students, residents, and faculty to learn from health care leaders, connect with innovative improvement efforts taking place across the globe, and build relationships with fellow change agents in the IHI Open School network.

This year, attendees will participate in the launch of a 16-month campaign to improve awareness, prevention, and treatment of substance use disorders. The campaign will activate our network to achieve collective impact and address the inequities and injustices of the current state of the opioid epidemic and other substance use disorders across the globe.

Join us, Dr. Don Berwick, and Dr. Celine Gounder, to learn how you can become a part of this global movement.

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Presenter and Student Reception

7:00 - 9:00 PM
Grand 7 Room, Marriott World Center

Following the Open School Congress, we invite students and faculty to join the IHI National Forum Faculty for a networking reception.


Tuesday, December 11

Student and Resident Networking Lunch: Build your Leadership with the Open School

12:30 – 1:30 PM
Student and Resident Lounge, Marriott World Center

All registered students and residents are invited to informally meet and network with Open School leaders and advisors to explore opportunities:

  • For future involvement in the IHI Open School Chapter Network or campaign on substance-use disorders
  • To collaborate with other Chapters or receive coaching from our Global Chapter Leaders
Wednesday, December 12

Student and Resident Networking Lunch: Leveraging your Learning from the National Forum

12:30 – 1:30 PM
Student and Resident Lounge, Marriott World Center

All registered students and residents are invited to join their fellow change agents over lunch to exchange ideas and make commitments to the actions they'll take to improve health and health care when returning home from the conference.​


Student and Resident Track​

Want help navigating all the great sessions at the Forum? The IHI Open School has you covered. The Student and Resident Track below includes suggested sessions for students, residents, and IHI Open School Chapters.​

Session Number Session Title
A/B16​Co-Design an Environment in Which Staff Can Thrive
A/B6Activating Global Health Change Agents for Health Equity
A/B9Back to Basics: Essential QI Skills
C14High-Impact Leadership: Developing Core Leaders
C26Minnesota Fierce: Tackling Mental Health and Opioids
C7Engaging Students as Catalysts in Improvement Work
SW5Storyboard Walkaround: Examples in Student and Resident Leadership (during C sessions)
D/E21Actionable Ideas for Advancing Equity: The Role of Health Care
D/E28Activating Our Rising Leaders: Students and Residents as Engines for Change
D/E3Leave the Forum with a "Sticky" Message
K1Keynote One: Derek Feeley and Jason Leitch
K2Keynote Two: Celine Gounder, Vania Deonizio, Mona Hanna-Attisha, and Maureen Bisognano
K3K3: Keynote Three: Gregory Boyle
K4K4: Keynote Four: Donald M. Berwick

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IHI is pleased to offer a limited amount of funding for scholarships and special discounts to the National Forum. 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 IHI Quick Courses, Learning Labs, or Forum Excursions.

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

Change Agent of the Year Award:

Through the Change Agent of the Year award, the Open School aims to celebrate the powerful role that students play in leading change across the world, to improve health and health care. Each year, one exemplary student or trainee will receive the award based on their demonstrated knowledge and application of improvement science, community organizing, and leadership within their IHI Open School Chapter.

The IHI Open School Change Agent of the Year award covers the cost of the General Conference fees for the 2018 National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, in addition to up to $1,000 for travel, lodging, or other Forum expenditures (including registration for Learning Labs or Quick Courses at the National Forum).

Get to know last year's winner, Sherry Liang, and learn more about the award here. Applications have closed for the 2018 National Forum. 


Each year, we encourage students and residents to display storyboards about their Chapter successes, quality improvement projects, and community organizing projects at the National Forum.

Storyboard presenters will have an opportunity to share their work with thousands of health care professionals during the general conference Storyboard Reception on Tuesday, December 11, 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. (Attendance at other available times to view storyboards is optional for storyboard presenters.)

The deadline for storyboard submissions has closed.​

Student Storyboard Walkaround Session

Tuesday, December 12, 1:30 – 2:45 PM

Open to all students, residents, and faculty, this session features a discussion between IHI Open School faculty and academic advisors and four students whose storyboards are highlighted as examples of high-impact quality improvement projects, community organizing, IHI Open School Chapter work, or initiatives started in support of the Open School campaign on substance-use disorders. Attend this session to learn from your peers as they demonstrate how students can play a critical role in improving health and health care, both during their training and in their future careers.

Students may submit a storyboard in any of the areas above for the opportunity to be featured in this session. Selected storyboard presenters will also win a full scholarship to cover registration for the General Conference!

Key information is included below and additional details are available in our Storyboard Handbook. Please send questions and inquiries to

Templates and Examples:

View the templates and examples below to help you create your storyboard, or click here for student and resident examples from last year's National Forum.

IHI Open School Chapter Storyboards
What has your Chapter accomplished in the past year? How do you lead and structure your Chapter to achieve success? What are your plans for the Chapter for next year?
Quality Improvement Project Storyboards
Are you or your Chapter members involved in or leading local quality improvement projects? Both completed and ongoing projects are accepted.   
Community Organizing Project Storyboards
Are you involved with the IHI Open School Change Agent Network (I-CAN) course, Leadership and Organizing for Change, and leading a community organizing project? Both completed and ongoing projects are accepted.   

Poster Size Requirements

Storyboards will be mounted on 3 foot x 5 foot panel boards. The panel has no frame and therefore the usable posting space is the full 3 feet wide x 5 feet high. IHI will provide 1 strip of the male side (hoop side) of Velcro to adhere your poster to the display board. A laminated poster will hang properly. We have found that cloth or fabric posters do not adhere well to the boards with Velcro.

Storyboard Display

All storyboards will be displayed in the Forum Hall. During set up, representatives from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement will be in the Forum Hall to direct you to your assigned display board, if needed.

Storyboard Set Up

  • Monday, December 10 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 11 from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Please plan at least a half hour to set up your poster.

Storyboard Display

  • Tuesday, December 11 from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM: Storyboard Display

Storyboard representative presence NOT required.

Storyboard Reception

  • Tuesday, December 11 from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Please plan to be at your poster to answer questions and discuss your project with other National Forum attendees. You are also welcome to take down your poster immediately following the Storyboard Reception.

Storyboard Breakdown

  • Wednesday, December 12 from 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Please remove storyboards by 1:00PM. All posters left after 1:00 PM will be discarded. ​