Canadian Patient Safety Week Movie Night (Nov 3, 5:15-6:15 pm)

In honour of Canadian Patient Safety Week (Nov 1-5), we will be holding a movie night this coming Wednesday, November 3, from 5:15 to 6:15 pm.

“Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm” is a documentary directed by actor Dennis Quaid that discusses the importance of reducing preventable errors and what future healthcare leaders can do to ensure patient safety.

FREE pizza and drinks will be provided (first come first serve)!

Location: Fitzgerald Building (150 College Street), Room 103
Time: November 3, 5:15-6:15 pm (The movie is 53 minutes.)

Click here for the movie trailer.

Diagnostic Errors in Medicine Conference (Oct 25 – 27)

The 3rd International Conference on  Diagnostic Errors in Medicine will be held  in Toronto from October 25 to 27, 2010. The goal of this conference is to improve patient safety by reducing the likelihood of diagnostic error in medicine. The conference will highlight a range of issues related to the types and frequencies of diagnostic errors and research related to error reduction strategies.

The conference organizers are pleased to offer trainees (medical students, residents, and fellows) free one-day registrations to the conference. Registrations for additional days will be offered at a reduced rate of $50
per day.

These free/discounted spots are limited in number and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please contact Shawna Wilker as soon as possible (

For more information about the conference, please visit

Registration Complete for 3 QI project teams

Thank you for your interest in QI Project Teams.  The registration for this year’s three QI project teams is complete.  The SickKids, Meighen Manor, and Toronto Western Family Health projects have been filled with participants. 

If you are still interested in being part of a QI Project team, please do not hesitate to sign up.  We will likely be initiating a set of new QI projects within the next month.

Good luck to the participants of the three QI projects.  More project updates from them to come.

Mix & Mingle/Seminar (October 14)

Patient safety: from Swiss cheese to cheddar cheese

Speaker: Dr. Anne Matlow, Medical Director of Patient Safety and the Director of the Infection Prevention and Control at SickKids Hospital

Vulnerabilities in the delivery of care are often described using Reason’s Swiss cheese model. Imagine the holes blocked by a thick slice of cheddar. It’s in our hands.

Light snacks will be provided free of charge!

Date: October 14

Time:  Mix and mingle begins at 4:30, followed by seminar at 5pm sharp.

Location: 525 University avenue room 630 (the hakim optical building, take elevator to 6th floor)

Important QI Project Information regarding IHI Open School Courses

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.