For students who have signed up for QI projects, there is a requirement to complete a small set of IHI Open School courses prior to starting the project. Instead of completing all 11 coures, we only require students to complete 3 specific courses (see below). However, all students must complete all courses before the conclusion of the project!
What is the IHI Open School?
“The IHI Open School for Health Professions is an interprofessional educational community that gives students the skills to become change agents in health care improvement.
Employers look for skills like quality improvement, patient safety, teamwork, leadership, and patient-centered care and patients expect providers to have them. But most schools barely touch on these topics. The IHI Open School is here to help you fill that void.”
Click here for a brochure on the IHI Open School.
What are IHI Open School Courses?
“The IHI Open School currently offers a range of online courses in the areas of quality improvement, patient safety, and leadership. Each course takes roughly an hour to two hours to complete and consists of several lessons taking 15-30 minutes each. You’ll take a quiz at the end of each lesson. To pass, you need to answer at least 75% of the questions correctly.
The IHI Open School’s online courses are available to non-student professionals on a subscription-only basis. Courses are offered free of charge to students, university faculty who are teaching courses, and medical residents. All other IHI Open School resources, including the Chapter Network, are free for all. ”
What are the three courses I am required to complete before I join a QI project?
QI 102: The Model for Improvement: Your Engine for Change
QI 103: Measuring for Improvement
QI 104: Putting It All Together: How Quality Improvement Works in Real Health Care Settings
Why am I required to complete these courses?
Students will be utilizing IHI concepts such as Model for Improvement and Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) directly within their projects. In addition, students are required to complete and document PDSA cycles for the changes they implement. Champions expect students to be comfortable and familiar with these IHI concepts.
What should I know how to do after taking these courses?
After completing this course, you will be able to:
|1. Use the Model for Improvement to plan and execute your own personal improvement project.
|2. Identify the key elements of an effective aim statement.
|3. Identify three kinds of measures: process measures, outcome measures, and balancing measures.
|4. Explain how to use change concepts to come up with good ideas to test.
5. Interpret and identify the basic elements of a run chart.
|6. Develop tests of change on a small scale, using the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle
7. Describe the four phases of an improvement project.