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Scientific Symposium


In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that the health care field needs evidence to be produced, evaluated, and applied more rapidly than ever. Moreover, the inequitable impact of COVID-19 across racial groups in the United States has brought the ongoing struggle for health equity to the forefront.

Taking place online on December 7, 2020, this year's IHI Scientific Symposium will include a special focus on:

  1. How improvement methods can contribute to the rapid production of practical evidence
  2. Applying improvement methods to dismantle structural racism and inequity. 

The IHI Scientific Symposium aims to attracts the best work in the science of improvement in health and health care.
  • Keynote speakers that push the field forward with their thinking, sharing their view of what the improvement field needs to do in order to stay rigorous and implement scientific approaches to challenges.

    Past speakers include:
    • ​​Lisa Hirschhorn, Professor of Medical Social Science and Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
      Kevin Volpp, Director, Penn Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics 
  • O​ral presentations showcasing scientifically rigorous and methodological work from the improvement field.
  •  Intensive methods sessions on new and foundational scientific approaches
     to improvement.

    Past method sessions include:
    • Implementation Science and Improvement Science: Shall the Twain Meet?
      Using the SQUIRE Publication Guidelines to Help You Publish Your QI work
  • Poster presentations featuring examples how peers have applied scientific methods to health and health care improvement.

Who ​Should Attend

  • Those involved with the design and execution of quality and safety improvement and implementation initiatives:

    mprovement Advisors, Implementation leads, Directors of Quality & Safety, Department Leaders, Clinicians, Epidemiologists, Scientists, Researchers, Statisticians.
    Those responsible for understanding the impact and identifying the learning from improvement and implementation initiatives:

    Evaluators, Analysts, Researchers, Evaluators, Analysts, Instructors, Professors, Lecturers, Deans.
    Those seeking to publish their improvement work:

    Medical Students, Residents, Fellows, Nurse Researchers, Researchers.

CE Credits

The 2019 edition of the Scientific Symposium offered a maximum of 6 credits for physicians, and pharmacists. The 2020 edition of this program will be under evaluation for CE credits in the fall.


  • Virtual Forum: The Scientific Symposium is included in the virtual ticket ($750 per person).​