Starts With You
Connecting you to healthcare quality improvement and patient safety opportunities
UTIHI is a local chapter of the larger Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School. We represent students across various departments at the University of Toronto, such as nursing, pharmacy, medicine, and public health.
Our goal is to promote quality improvement (QI) and patient safety by providing students with professional development opportunities through QI projects, conferences, and educational seminars.
2022-23 Speaker Series
The goal for this series is to build upon the spirit of both the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Seminar workshops and the annual Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (QuIPS) conferences that are hosted throughout the year in order to explore diverse topics related to how people experience healthcare. Through a combination of written and video interviews, UTIHI will engage with thought leaders, industry professionals, and students alike to delve deeper into the approaches being used and initiatives taking place in today’s healthcare landscape.
We aim for this series to showcase a holistic approach where the topics included are not solely concerned with direct patient care but also include those areas that intersect with the planning and delivery of care, such as enabling technologies for greater effectiveness or novel grass-roots organizations promoting best practices. If you have any ideas for topics you would like to be explored, please email us at email@example.com or reach out to our team via our social media platforms.
What We Do
Quality Improvement (QI) projects are opportunities for students to practice applying patient safety and quality improvement principles to real world cases. Students are assigned to multidisciplinary teams with healthcare professionals for seven month placements within the GTA.
UTIHI holds annual conferences to highlight innovation in healthcare from the ways technology is transforming healthcare delivery to the ways entrepreneurship injects new ideas into the field. With industry speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities, these conferences are a wonderful opportunity to learn and gain professional exposure.
We host accredited interprofessional education seminars in order to promote the type of interdisciplinary collaboration required of healthcare professionals. These seminars address many of the pressing issues faced today, such as medication errors, pain management, and effective resource stewardship.