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By IHI Open School | Thursday, Dec 17, 2015
It’s December, the Forum is behind us (whew!), and we’re heading into our annual winter break here at IHI. Every year, the IHI office in Cambridge, MA, USA, closes for a week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. In the spirit of what we call One IHI, we all take a break together, giving everyone a chance to put work aside and return refreshed in the New Year, without an avalanche of unread email. It’s a great time to reflect back on the year in the student movement for quality and safety. It ... read full post

 

Tag(s): Chapter Network, Practicum
By IHI Open School | Tuesday, Dec 08, 2015
The fictional town of Springfield has fallen on tough times. There’s corruption in the government, and money is tight. Psychiatric hospitals and homeless shelters have closed, forcing mentally ill patients into the community.Springfield General Hospital is trying to handle an increasing number of potentially dangerous patients. Then, early one morning, a patient who was admitted for psychosis left the hospital without discharge. Even worse, staff investigated and found this wasn’t the only occu ... read full post

 

Tag(s): Quality Improvement, National Forum, Chapter Network
By IHI Open School | Friday, Nov 20, 2015
Amanda Hobbs knows that it might sound counterintuitive to try to increase reports of adverse events at a health clinic. But Hobbs, a doctoral student in industrial engineering at Purdue University, believes this is an essential step in improving care. In her winning essay for the David Calkins Memorial Scholarship, Amanda describes her efforts to uncover errors in care delivery at the clinic where she works as a quality improvement analyst, and reflects on the challenge and potential of culture ... read full post

 

Tag(s): Patient Safety, National Forum
By IHI Open School | Monday, Nov 16, 2015
What role can students play in improving care? Justin Slade, fourth-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine and former Open School Chapter Leader, recently appeared on WIHI to share his experience in health care quality improvement. As a first-year medical student, he worked on a project that helped improve care for sickle cell patients at Boston Medical Center. Below, he explains how students can help accelerate improvement.Open School What role can students play in improvi ... read full post

 

Tag(s): Quality Improvement Projects, Medical Education, Quality Improvement
By IHI Open School | Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015
Duke University's Quality and Innovation Scholars Program (QISP) matches students with physicians and leaders in the Duke Health System to carry out health care improvement projects. So far, the program has reached almost 70 students. In the following interview, Chapter leaders Kathryn Hutchins and Maria Andrews explain how the Chapter got the program off the ground and how other Chapters can create their own practicum. OS How did the Quality and Innovation Scholars Program (QISP) get started? ... read full post

 

Tag(s): Quality Improvement Projects, Medical Education, Chapter Activity, Health Professions Education, Faculty Advisor, Duke University