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 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!


Upcoming Events


HRET HIIN QI Foundations for Change | Empower Teams to Engage in Improvement

March 29, 2017 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

Now that you have an aim, some ideas regarding tests of change and some thoughts of appropriate measures, you need a team! Whether you are gathering a new team or working with an existing one, we will be discussing ideas that will assist you in driving improvement. Allowing the team to test change ideas and coaching them through the process can be very empowering to the staff as they work to improve their own work. Improvement teams are often small and agile, focusing on the aim, while testing small and quickly. We will discuss key roles and activities that will assure that your team stays focused and is moving forward.

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HRET HIIN QI Foundations for Change | Working Styles, Know Yourself, Know Others

April 12, 2017 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

How well do you know your working style? We spend a good portion of our day at work but likely haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about how we work. Understanding our own working styles as well as the working styles of our colleagues is important to develop a high functioning improvement team. Come prepared to learn how to identify your own working style, assess the working styles of your colleagues, and how to ensure an optimally functioning improvement team when comprised of members with different working styles.

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HRET HIIN QI Accelerating Change | Diving Deep into Data and Measurement

April 12, 2017 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CT

How do you know that a change is an improvement? This is the second question of the Model for Improvement and the most critical for measuring whether changes you make will actually bring about improvement. A “family of measures” are critical to track progress towards the achievement of your aim. We will dive deeper into the different kinds of measures (outcome, process, and balancing measures) and discuss why collecting data over time using run charts helps us to understand “the story” our data is telling us: a change in the system (improvement) or not.

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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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