Projects align with or build on existing healthcare improvement efforts at local hospitals and in the community. Around March, QIPEP begins identifying clinicians (“Faculty Supervisors”) with expertise in PS and/or QI who have ongoing or newly conceptualized projects for which students are needed. Students are recruited to the program between April and May and matched to projects. After completing and submitting their IHI Basic Certificate, students connect with their Faculty Supervisors to gain understanding of the nature and scope of the problem, propose a preliminary intervention, and draft an ethics application (if required). If ethics approval has been secured previously, students begin completing their health clearance and departmental research assistant approval forms.
After returning to campus in September, students begin their work with a focus on the “Plan” stage of the “Plan-Do-Study-Act” cycle. The Plan stage runs until December and gives teams enough time to refine the identified problem and proposed intervention, develop a formal project charter, review the relevant literature, collect baseline data. Between January and February, the teams conduct at least two PDSA cycles. During this time, teams implement their tests of change, continue to collect, analyze and interpret data, and make recommendations based on their findings. By the end of March, students conclude any outstanding PDSA work and begin writing their final report (due at the end of April).
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