American Hospital Association
Health Research & Educational Trust

Quality Improvement Fellowships

The formal application process for the 2017 QI fellowship cohort has ended, however, you are welcome to audit the QI fellowship to gain valuable QI insights from HRET and Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) faculty.

Please email HIIN@aha.org to learn more about auditing the 2017 cohort or reserving your spot in the 2018 fellowship cohort.


Foundations for Change

This fellowship is tailored to those who are new to quality improvement. Throughout the fellowship, we will discuss tools like aim statements, driver diagrams and run charts. You will learn to develop and sustain momentum, mitigate common improvement pitfalls and recruit and inspire others to join in your efforts!


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Accelerating Improvement

This fellowship is personalized for those who are looking to assess whether their quality improvement efforts are set up for success. You will learn to utilize data to identify, drive and sustain performance improvement, plan for spread and scale and diminish common improvement difficulties. Lastly, this fellowship will explore reliability and sustainability and how it relates to quality work.


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Once you've applied, register for QI Fellowship events below!

 

 

HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Foundational Track | Patient Shadowing: A Treasure Chest for Improvement

August 9th, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)

Are you short on ideas for improving care and the patient experience? Lost on where to begin with you limited time? If you, or a colleague, could spend 3 hours gathering enough ideas for improvement to keep you busy-would you do it?
Join us on August 9th to learn how patient and family shadowing can provide you a wealth of information around current processes while also creating a sense of urgency to improve care. Patient and family shadowing is a valuable exercise for health care professionals and students to understand and utilize. During this session you will learn five steps for using shadowing as part of your improvement efforts.


 

HRET HIIN Accelerating Improvement Fellowship Call #9: Moving from Testing to Implementation

August 9th, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm (CT)

Testing an idea only once could be misleading. How do you know that testing it on Mondays with Dr. Smith means it will work Tuesday with Dr. Jones? In improvement work, we need to run multiple PSDAs around each change idea to build our degree of belief that the idea will work within our system, and become one of the processes that make the system sustainable. When we think about moving from testing to implementation, we are thinking about testing ideas on a larger scale, working with strongly committed stakeholders, and proceeding when cost of failure is small. It's important no to rush into implementation because the consequences can be costly and wasteful.
In this session ,we will be focusing on this transition as your projects mature and have more changes ready for implementation.


 

HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Foundational Track Virtual Event

September 13th, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)

After testing a change on a small scale, learning from each test, and refining the change through several PDSA cycles, the change is ready for implementation on a broader scale-for example, for an entire pilot population or on an entire unit. Implementation is a permanent change to the way work is done and, as such, involves building the change into the organization. Implementation can be hard, but there are key strategies that we can offer you as you work with your team. It is very exciting to have demonstrated improvement in one area! But we need to begin to put strategies in place for spreading this improvement to all. This session will offer you guidance as you prepare for spread.


 

HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Accelerating Improvement Track Virtual Event

September 13th, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm (CT)

Improving performance in any area of an organization is a significant accomplishment! But a more important and often more perplexing challenge remains: how to spread the success to other facilities or departments. A key factor in closing the gap between the best known practice and common practice is the ability of health care providers and their organizations to rapidly spread innovations and new ideas to others. As we build our improvement efforts, it is vital to create a plan for the adoption and spread of the improvement, as well as identifying key opportunities to scale improvement. In this session, we will discuss key steps that you can take as you adopt, spread and scale improvement in your organization.


 

HIIN QI Fellowship Foundational Track Virtual Event

October 11th, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)

Details to follow.

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HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Accelerating Improvement Track Virtual Event

October 11th, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm (CT)

Details to follow.

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HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Foundational Track Virtual Event

November 8th, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm (CT)

Details to follow.

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HRET HIIN QI Fellowship Accelerating Improvement Track Virtual Event

November 8th, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm (CT)

Details to follow.

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Watch the QI Informational Sesson

By watching this recording, you can learn more about this program and how to sign up for the fellowship!

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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  Accelerating Improvement 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

 

 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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