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 The IHI Open School Community is a diverse group of students, residents, faculty members and health professionals. Whether you're a Chapter member or not you've come to the right place to connect. 

Mentors, Faculty, and Alumni Networks

Effective and lasting improvement is usually brought about through a committed team effort. But having someone with expertise and experience with improvement work increases the potential for success. Health care professionals may share their expertise with students by serving as a mentor through the Mentor Matching Tool and students and residents are encouraged to connect with mentors using the tool. users can opt in to the tool as a mentor, specify their areas of expertise, receive requests from students who wish to be mentored, and track those requests. The members of the groups listed below can be found in the Mentor Matching Tool.

Note: You must be logged in to to use the Mentor Matching Tool.

Patient Safety Officers

Organizations fully committed to safety designate a dedicated patient safety officer, an individual who promotes action through training of staff and implementation of proven methods. Safety officers often have the time and support to conduct more ambitious initiatives in their departments or units — for example, to develop, implement, and evaluate patient safety programs. Due to their role and unique position in organizations, PSOs are often a great resource from which to learn.


The IHI Fellowship Program is a year-long immersion program for mid-career health professionals. This cadre of leaders comes from around the world and are engaged and well versed in IHI's initiatives, both locally and internationally. Fellows are often available for informal mentor relationships with students and residents throughout the year depending on common areas of interest.

Improvement Advisors

Improvement Advisors are devoted to helping identify, plan, and execute improvement projects throughout the organization. They also deliver successful results and spread changes throughout the entire system. Since IAs are experts at improvement projects, they are a great resource for guidance regarding your IHI Open School Practicum project.

Chapter Alumni

Faculty and Chapter Alumni are a valuable resource for existing Chapters. Connect with an alumnus today to enhance your Chapter's quality improvement and patient safety experience.  


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IHI Open School Team

 Carly Strang, Executive Director
 Jessica Perlo, MPH, Network Director

 Mike Briddon, Editorial Director

GDeitz Gina Deitz, Community ​Manager

LFinkSmall.jpg Becka Desmidt, Community Manager

LFinkSmall.jpg Laura Fink, Senior Managing Editor

StephG.png Stephanie Garry Garfunkel, Managing Editor

 Andy Jacaruso, Content Project Manager

Kyumon Murrell.JPG Kyumon Murrell, Project Assistant

IHI Open School Advisors 

IHI Open School Faculty Network Advisor


Wendy Madigosky, MD, MSPH, Director, Foundations of Doctoring Curriculum; University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine
IHI Open School Academic Advisor


James Moses, MD, MPH
, Medical Director of Quality Improvement, Boston Medical Center


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