On a cold, dreary evening last
December, the IHI Open School Chapter at Wright State University held a meeting
to talk about the concept of quality improvement (QI) and its growing
importance in medical professions. The Chapter Leaders hoped the event would
expose students to the ideas of QI and to help them get involved in their own
QI projects. Brian Patterson, one of the Chapter Leaders, said that their
strategy worked: “We were delighted at the questions and attentiveness of the
audience. Many students seemed to take a strong interest in QI.”
Medical students work with a simulated patient while nursing students place a peripheral IV in an interprofessional simulation hosted by the WSU Chapter in April 2014.
If you’re thinking about planning
a similar meeting, here are five things WSU did that could help you create a
Brian and the other leaders of
the Chapter thought this all came together nicely to help the Chapter with
several of its goals — recruitment, teaching QI skills, and raising awareness
about the Chapter and QI in health care. “We were all very happy with the event,
and believe that events such as these are vital to the success of the Chapter,”
- Start at the beginning by introducing the
Open School and QI. The event at WSU opened with a
video that explained the goal of the IHI Open School, and another
from the famous Dr. Mike Evans about the history and concepts of quality
improvement in health care. “Students seemed just as interested in the videos
as they were with the pizza,” Brian said.
real projects to improve the quality of care. Most students are drawn to QI
because they want to make health care better. So they were excited to hear
about two quality improvement projects headed by physicians in the local health
care system. One project focused on reducing physician interruptions in the
operating room. Another implemented more stringent screening tools to identify
depression in diabetics among the urban population of Dayton, Ohio.
carrots don’t work, try sticks. Upperclassmen in the audience told students that QI is an
increasingly sought-after skill set by employers and residencies. Student
doctors told the crowd that quality improvement projects are also a requirement
of some residency programs.
the opportunity to practice interprofessional teamwork. Students learned about the WSU
Chapter’s activity in the simulation lab, where WSU medical and nursing students
work with Cedarville University pharmacy students to rotate through a
high-fidelity (very realistic) simulation lab with a manikin patient. WSU
hosted this event after learning about a similar activity hosted by the IHI
Open School Chapter in North Dakota. Hooray, Chapter network!
food! Although not a requirement, event
organizers at WSU said the hot pizza helped draw student out on an especially
cold and dreary day. That’s what IHI
Open School event sponsorship is great for!
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