American Hospital Association
Health Research & Educational Trust

Quality Improvement Fellowships

Are you looking to learn how to drive change and accelerate improvement within your organization? Do you want to lead projects to reduce cost and improve quality and value? HRET has partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to offer a Quality Improvement Fellowship Program from January to July 2018, exclusively available to HIIN participating hospitals. The program will offer interactive webinars and online courses on key topics in quality improvement and safety, and guide you through leading a project to improve outcomes in your own department or unit.

Two tracks are available

Foundations for Change for those new to improvement, and Accelerating Improvement for experienced improvers who are looking to spread and scale their work. Past Fellows have come from nursing, quality improvement, patient safety and infection prevention departments, among others, and have worked on projects including Reducing Falls, Sepsis Bundle Adherence, and Reducing Central Line Infections.

Join our info calls (details below) to learn more about this unique opportunity!

The QI fellowship is a professional learning environment that is completely free of charge to those who chose to participate. It is a network of clinicians and quality improvement workers who strive to continually make health care better and safer for all patients. The fellowship includes virtual education events and webinars, office hours, a QI project, and access to IHI’s Open School.

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We will be providing the opportunity to join either the Foundations for Change fellowship track, or the Accelerating Improvement fellowship track.

Foundations for Change Fellowship

Tailored to those who are new to quality improvement:

  • deploy tools such as aim statements, driver diagrams, and run charts
    to initiate and nurture improvement
  • galvanize others to participate in your improvement efforts
  • develop and sustain momentum
  • mitigate common improvement pitfalls

Accelerating Improvement Fellowship

Fellows will learn how to:

  • assess whether your QI efforts are set up for success
  • utilize data to identify, drive,
    and sustain performance improvement
  • ensure process reliability and sustainability
  • plan for spread and scale
  • mitigate common improvement pitfalls
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Being a fellow means being a healthcare quality improvement champion! It is a year-long commitment that includes creating and implementing a QI project, collaborating with peers and mentors, and attending and actively participating in webinars and other virtual events.

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In order to receive a certificate, fellows will be given detailed criteria prior to their commitment in joining. It will include a certain amount of virtual events attended as well as the implementation of a QI project within your hospital.

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