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The Improvement Scholars Program is a structured, experiential learning program. Improvement Scholars learn clinical improvement leadership by proposing, designing and leading a project with guidance and support from experienced clinical improvement leaders.

Improvement Scholars receive training, mentorship and guidance from IHQI Faculty Coaches as well as half-time support of an IHQI project manager for 12 months. Improvement Scholars and project managers meet with IHQI Faculty Coaches monthly, except for the three months when all Improvement Scholar project teams meet together for half-day learning sessions. Improvement Scholars present project results at the annual IHQI Improvement Scholars Symposium and are expected to publish project results in an academic or professional journal.

As a result of participating in the program, Improvement Scholars gain experience with the following:

  • Lean and IHI-QI
  • Project Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Partnering with Patients and Families
  • Using Data for Improvement
  • Presenting and Publishing Improvement Results

Learn more about How to Apply.

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Project information is provided below for each cohort of Improvement Scholars. Presentation slides from our annual Improvement Scholars Symposium are included with each project. You can also view poster presentations, which were incorporated into the annual symposium beginning in 2018. Complete Project list here.