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The QI Practical Experience Program (QIPEP) was established in 2015 and is structured around the general principles of educational experiences in healthcare improvement (Armstrong 2012). It combines didactic and project-based work to develop and enhance the patient safety (PS) and quality improvement (QI) competencies of Queen’s undergraduate and graduate students. In preparation for their projects, participants complete the IHI's Basic Certificate of Quality and Safety.

Students are then matched to existing projects at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre based on interest, their academic background, and previous training. These interdisciplinary teams are supervised by a Faculty of Health Sciences clinician with expertise in PS and/or QI.

To complement the foundational knowledge in PS and QI students gain through the IHI Basic Certificate, QIPEP offers a series of 60-90 minute workshops focused on the practical skills students need to successfully apply the knowledge gained through the IHI courses at various stages of their projects. Workshops run longitudinally to their project and are strategically scheduled to teach relevant skills as projects evolve. 

The program begins in September and runs until April of the following year. 

For more information on how to get involved, email qipep.projects@gmail.com.