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UTIHI's annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QuIPS) Conference focuses on skill development and interactive programming around health care system innovation. It is an opportunity for students to showcase their improvement initiatives and connect with the greater healthcare community. 

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Past Conference


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The 2022 conference centred around the development of digital health technologies, strategies, and practices across the Canadian Healthcare landscape. Participants had the opportunity to discover the forefront of the collective collaborations, innovations, and breakthroughs in this burgeoning field. 

In 2021, UTIHI collaborated with IHI UBC host a virtual healthcare conference. We explored the experience of healthcare through different lenses, delving into our expectations of healthcare, the disparities caused by our current systems and policies, and solutions that could solve the challenges faced by Canadians. 


UTIHI's 2019 conference set out to explore the concepts and principles behind Design Thinking methodology and its systemic implications within healthcare. Leaders within the healthcare design field  showcased the design process for initiatives across multiple levels - from designing medical tools to that of organizational initiatives and supports for healthcare professionals.


The 2018 QuIPS conference examined the future of healthcare, focusing on the roles of technology, entrepreneurship, and sustainability in reimagining the ways healthcare can be delivered.

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Health Innovation for All Conference

This Canadian student-run conference will be simultaneously hosted in Toronto and Vancouver. We will bring together 400 students and health professionals to explore how we can work together to improve health care using systems-thinking to achieve health equity.


Healthcare Technology: Innovation and Barriers to Implementation

The 2016 conference will take a closer look at the impact of technology on clinical care, health behaviours, and social determinants of health.

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5th Annual Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Conference

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4th Annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference

QuIPS is an inter-disciplinary conference focused on quality improvement and patient safety held in the heart of downtown Toronto. Up to two hundred students and healthcare professionals from the greater Toronto area and beyond are expected to gather for this conference. The theme of the 2015 QuIPS conference is ‘Efficiency‘.

The conference aims to:

  • Highlight the concept of efficiency and define its constructs

  • Explore “doing the right thing” with limited resources

  • Explore concepts of “quality”, “cost”, and “value” within healthcare

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UTIHI's 3rd Annual QuIPS Conference will look at Innovations in Healthcare Delivery with a focus on processes and their implementation. Processes are integral to the functioning of our healthcare system and allow us to improve the quality of patient care with respect to the nine dimentations of quality: safety, accessibility, effectiveness, efficiency, patient-centeredness, equity, appropriate resources, integration, and population health.

For more information see: IHI Conference Blog Post

The 4th Annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference (QuIPS) was hosted at the Li Ka Shing Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital. An Evening Reception was hosted with opening remarks given by Jason Manayathu, Chief Medical Officer and VP Education of St. Michael’s Hospital, and Mark Potvin of the Michner Institute. A panel discussion was held that included Dr. Michael Rachlis, Dr. Chandrakant Shah and Axelle Janczur, focusing on health inequities affecting Canadians. The following day, the conference included a panel discussion on “Quality Improvement: Practical Solution to a Complex Problem”, which included Ruby Lam, Dr. Ritika Goel, Dr. Katie Dorman, and Dr. Steve Lurie. This discussion brought to the table diverse perspectives on healthcare and focused on how quality improvement can bring about a better healthcare system. Students were also given the opportunity to attend various workshops, including User Centred Design, Quality Improvement Foundations, Intermediate Quality Improvement Workshop, and Applying Quality Improvement Principles in Community Healthcare Setting. Finally, students had the opportunity to showcase their work in quality improvement and patient safety through a poster and oral presentation competition that was judged by UofT professors and industry professionals. 

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2nd Annual QuIPS Conference: Technology in Healthcare

The 2012 conference will take a close look at how technology can facilitate healthcare improvement - an undoubtedly pertinent topic as technology is and will continue to be an integral part of healthcare. 

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1st Annual QuIPS Conference: Chronic Disease Management



Dr. Kate Sellen

Associate Professor, Faculty of Design OCAD U, Canada Research Chair in Health Design (Tier 2)

Tai Huynh

Creative Director at UHN OpenLab, Editor-in-Chief of, Co-Founder of Choosing Wisely Canada


Dr. Chris O’Connor

President and Founder of Think Research; Critical Care Physician at Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga.


Julia Novik

LEAN Green Belt, Founder of Canada Health Net

LEAN Black Belt, Change Agent of Canada Health Net

Dr. Iris Gorfinkel

Founder and Principal Investigator of PrimeHealth Clinical Research


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