Catalyzing Healthcare Improvement

Improvement Scholars Projects

Got an idea for improving care? Ready to seek external funding? IHQI sponsors quality improvement projects through its Improvement Scholars program, and assists with project design and guidance from IHQI faculty.

For help with project design, identifying potential funders, or additional questions, email .


A one-day course “Physician Engagement in Quality and Safety” is offered to UNC medical students, residents, fellows and faculty. The “Physician Leadership in Quality and Safety” Scholarly Concentration is a year-long class for 4th year medical students interested in pursuing a career in Quality Improvement.

TeamSTEPPS™ is an evidence-based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and other teamwork skills among health care professionals.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) offers excellent improvement training online via IHI Open School. Open School is free to faculty, fellows, residents, and students. Please contact the  for more information.

UNC Medical Center’s Department of Operational Efficiency offers training to all staff and faculty in lean and six sigma methodologies.


IHQI can help you design projects, seek funding and identify platforms to share your results. Results from improvement can and should be published. For more information or support, contact .

Get Involved

Connect with others who are improving quality and patient safety at UNC. Find out more about Patient and Family Advisory Boards, Quality Improvement Coaching and Performance Reporting, Prioritization and Accountability, and opportunities for additional Training.

Maintenance Of Certification (MOC)

The NC MOC program encourages physician participation in quality improvement activities. Physicians can earn MOC Part IV credit by participating in approved improvement efforts. The program is administered through the UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement with funding provided by the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program.

Speaker Series

IHQI hosts several speakers each year to share work and research related to Quality Improvement in Healthcare. These events are open to the public and free, but an RSVP is required (if unaffiliated with UNC, participants can register using their email address). For more information, contact the .