Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School

Category: Advocacy

The IHI Open School is the medical education branch of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a national non-profit founded by Don Berwick and others in the 1980’s to promote visionary change in the healthcare system to reduce errors and improve quality.

A leading chapter nationally, Duke’s IHI Open School Chapter draws upon the international resources of the IHI, as well as local resources at Duke to provide opportunities for Duke students to learn about health system redesign, patient safety, and improved healthcare quality.  We promote inter-disciplinary training and collaboration across the health-related professions at Duke, including learners from the schools of Nursing, Medicine, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Business, Policy, Engineering, and others, with the ultimate goal of empowering health professionals students to become change agents in their respective fields.

To these ends, The Duke IHI sponsors regular speakers on varied topics; examples of recent talks include: “Bridging the Gap: Leveraging Health Informatics in Support of Care Quality, Translational Research, and Clinical Effectiveness” and “Healthcare Root Cause Analysis (RCA): DUH approach to evaluating major medical errors.”  Students are active in regional and national conferences, curriculum efforts, and also participate in a recently developed practicum to conduct quality improvement projects with a faculty mentor.

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