The IHI Open School was originally
created to provide education on quality improvement and patient safety to
students in health professional schools. Digging deeper, that means, in
essence, to provide better care to patients everywhere, every time.
So why, from the patient perspective,
should the next 100,000 students join
the IHI Open School? We asked our two IHI advisors. Here’s what they had to
Hayward, Lead, Public-Patient Engagement, IHI:
“If we want the health care systems to
get a little better over the coming decades, then medical students learning
from doctors who function really well in the current system is a perfect way to
learn. If we want to improve our health care systems and delivery, every
student should be impassioned with ideas for innovation, excellence, and an eye
to the future.
We need 100,000 more leaders with
ideas, passion, and innovation skills to create the future NOW instead of
continuing in the past!”
Kari Dudley, IHI Open School Patient
the new patient advisor to the IHI Open School, I was also asked to answer this
question about the next 100,000 students. When I first saw it, a rush of
answers, thoughts, and ideas immediately came to mind. And then suddenly, I
found that I wanted to add the following: “Why should the next 100,000
students and residents join the IHI Open School” AND, “How can we better
integrate patients into the curriculum?”
as a patient advisor, you can assume that is always top of mind for me. After
all, what better way to learn about patient safety and quality improvement
(skills that you will learn in the Open School) than to include the patient in
the conversation about patient safety and quality improvement? The good news is
that we, and now you, are in the right place. IHI is making these connections.
are at that pivotal point in your schooling, and preparation of your career, to
make a difference.
joining the IHI Open School, you acknowledge that you are open to learning and
open to new ideas. You probably realize that the interactions you have now, at
this point in your education, will affect your thoughts, beliefs, and openness
to change, in your future practice; a practice that will be patient-centered.
patient advocate, I will commit, alongside you, to participate, to communicate
and to be the change agent that we are being asked to become.
should you join? Why shouldn’t you?