Quality Improvement (QI) Projects

We match University of Toronto students with healthcare professionals in organizations throughout the GTA. These multidisciplinary teams complete QI and Patient Safety projects and have the opportunity to showcase their work during our annual conference.

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WHAT ARE QI PROJECTS?

QI projects are an opportunity for students to gain practical experience leading system-level improvements in a healthcare setting.

 

Our Directors of Practical Experience link students with IHI Open School resources to increase their understanding of quality improvement and patient safety principles, match students with a 6-7 month project, oversee the progression of the project and provide interdisciplinary team networking.

Students work in teams of 3-4 lead by QI project champions (healthcare professionals) and are required to showcase their work at our annual conference in April/May.

WHY GET INVOLVED?

As QI project leads, students have the opportunity to address various complexities within in our healthcare system, and apply the fundamental principles of the IHI Open School to a real-life issue within our local community. As a lead, you will get practical experience to make a lasting impact.

WHO DO WE LOOK FOR?

Healthcare Professionals

  • Healthcare professionals with experience in quality improvement interested in working with a team of students on a 7 month healthcare-related project at their site.
     

  • Some examples may include:

    • System-level improvement

    • Patient-Interaction

    • Clinical Decision Support

    • Patient and Provider Technologies

Students

  • Current undergraduate, graduate or professional school students who would like to gain experience in quality improvement and patient safety
     

  • Multidisciplinary teams of 3-4 which consist of a team lead and students from varied backgrounds such as:

    • Health informatics

    • Life or health sciences

    • Medicine

    • Nursing

    • Pharmacy

    • Engineering

    • Other programs at the University of Toronto

2021-2022 QI Project Applications

Project Champion (Healthcare Institution) Applications - Closed

Contact The UTIHI Director of Practical Experience for Inquiries

Student Applications - Closed

Applications are now closed

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We have completed hiring for 5 projects. Due to external circumstances beyond our control, the hiring process for 1 project got delayed. We thank everyone that applied and we hope to finalize the hiring for this year's practicum by the week of November 22nd.

 

We aim to have multidisciplinary teams consisting of healthcare students, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Current healthcare professional students at the University of Toronto are eligible to receive an Interprofessional Education (IPE) credit following the completion of the UTIHI QI program. 

Components of the UTIHI QI Practicum Program: Hands-on learning and QI work done in conjunction with a healthcare project champion (e.g., background/observational research, PDSA cycles, participation in weekly team meetings), completion of IHI e-learning modules on QI, participation in UTIHI QI workshops, completion of project-specific deliverables, and a 12-15 min. team presentation at UTIHI's annual conference.

Tentative Workshops Dates for UTIHI-QI Practicum Students/Project Champions

Fall Semester

  • November 5th (5:30-7:00pm EDT)

    • QI Projects Kickoff Event and Information Session

    • Hosts: K. Samsel, R. Zamani, V. Evangelista, N. Best

  • November 12th (5:30-7:00pm EDT)

    • QI Projects Kickoff Event and Information Session, 2nd offering

    • Hosts: K. Samsel, N. Best, K. Sun

  • November 16th (5:00-7:00pm EDT)

    • Measure Selection and Stakeholder Engagement in QI

Winter Semester

  • January (Date & Time TBA)

    • PDSA Workshop

  • February (Date & Time TBA)

    • Qualitative Systems Research: Conducting Stakeholder Interviews and Understanding User Needs

  • March (Date & Time TBA)

    • CAPSI+IPE+UTIHI Inter-Professional Seminar, Topic TBD​


Last Updated: 2021-11-19

Curious about Healthcare Quality Improvement? See the videos below for a glimpse into the world of QI!

 

Confirmed Projects:

[1] Designing Process and Outcome Evaluation Plans for a Community Clinic's Social Work Team

Site: Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, 340 College St. Toronto
Duration: 6 Months
Hiring Status: Hiring Completed & Project Started; Other applicants added to waitlist in case additional hiring is needed

Expected Qualifications: 

  1. Graduate/doctoral students with knowledge in evaluation, health economics, health sciences, social sciences, or relevant disciplines. 

  2. Students who possess a passion for working with racialized and marginalized clients.​

[2] Increasing The Adoption and Sustaining The Use of Measurement-Based Care Practices in Psychiatric Care

Site: Mount Sinai Hospital, Sinai Health System, 946-600 University Avenue, Toronto

Duration: 6 Months

Hiring Status: Hiring Completed & Project Started; Other applicants added to waitlist in case additional hiring is needed

Expected Qualifications: Students with an interest in mental health are desirable and experience in using Microsoft Excel is an asset.

This position is open to all UofT students

Note: Students will be registered at Sinai Health for the duration of the project

[3] Engaging Patients to Improve Follow-up at The Bridging Clinic

Site: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) - Bridging Clinic, 1051 Queen St. W., Toronto

Duration: 6 Months

Hiring Status: Hiring Completed & Project Started; Other applicants added to waitlist in case additional hiring is needed

Expected Qualifications: Students with some exposure to any of the following populations would be preferred: Hospital inpatient settings, ambulatory clinics, patients with mental health conditions. Students should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.

This position is open to all UofT students

Note: Students will be registered at CAMH for the duration of the project

[4] Improving Goal-of-Care (GOC) Documentation Processes for Patients Living with Advanced Dementia

Site: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) - Geriatrics Unit,  1051 Queen St. W., Toronto

Duration: 6 Months

Hiring Status: Hiring Completed & Project Started; Other applicants added to waitlist in case additional hiring is needed

Expected Qualifications: 

Students with some exposure to any of the following populations would be preferred:

  • Older adults (community-based or institutional)

  • Palliative care

  • Patients with Mental Health conditions

Students should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel

This position is open to all UofT students

Note: Students will be registered at CAMH for the duration of the project

[5] Reducing The Number of Overdue Routine Childhood Vaccinations at a Primary Care Clinic

Site: Golden Mile Primary Care Clinic, 1880 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto

Duration: 6 Months

Hiring Status: Hiring Completed & Project Started; Other applicants added to waitlist in case additional hiring is needed

Expected Qualifications:

  • Flexibility, able to work collaboratively with a diverse set of patients and teens

  • Communication skills, ability to educate patients using simple language

  • Additional assets (but not necessary) additional language skills, IT and graphic design skills 

  • High degree of motivation and initiative

This position is open to all UofT students

[6] Developing and refining an institution-wide emergency preparedness program

Site: SickKids Hospital, 555 University Ave., Toronto

Duration: 6 Months

Hiring Status: Hiring in Progress through to the week of November 22nd

Expected Qualifications:

  • Interprofessional team with students from various health care and/or Engineering or business backgrounds

  • Understanding of psychological PPE an asset

This position is open to all UofT students

Please contact the UTIHI Directors of Practical Experience for further inquiry. 
 uoftihichapter@gmail.com

UTIHI QI Team:
Directors
: Konrad Samsel, Rehona Zamani (MD-MSc iPr)

UTIHI QI Admin Team: Elizabeth Khvatova (Co-President), Kevin Sun (Co-President) Nathan Best (Education), Vianca Evangelista (Education), Allan Tran (Collaboration), Michael Peng (Graphics)

Guest Lecturers & Workshop Presenters - UTIHI QI Program

N. Gakhal, MD, FRCPC, MSc 

B. Gamulka, MDCM, FRCPC

K. Piggott, MD, FRCPC MSc

PAST QI PROJECTS

2020-2021

The University of Toronto Chapter for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (UTIHI) presents to you our 2020-2021 student-led quality improvement (QI) projects in partnership with local healthcare institutions and healthcare professionals.  Student Projects were presented at the 2021 Online IHI Insight Conference on Thursday May 27th, 2021: 

  • Post-operative Glycemic Control in the Gynecological Oncology Population: A quality improvement project for prevention of surgical site infections (UHN-TGH)

    • Background: Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a common and preventable cause of patient mortality and morbidity.  Postoperative hyperglycemia is a known risk factor for SSIs and maintaining glycemic control (blood glucose <10mmol/L) is an essential component of the TGH SSI prevention bundle. This project aims to collect and analyze baseline data to inform a strategy for improving glycemic control in GO patients at TGH, as part of a larger strategy for SSI prevention.

  • Evaluating The Implementation of The V-CES Pilot 2020 with Respect to Process Measures (Access Aliance)

    • Background: In 2020, Access Alliance identified a virtual mode of collecting client data using a combination of telephone and email media during the COVID-19 pandemic titled the Virtual Client Experience Survey (V-CES). The aim of this project was to evaluate the V-CES with respect to process measures.​

  • Transfer of Accountability (UHN)

    • Background: Over the past few decades, multiple studies have shown that inter-physician handover of patients harbours a high risk for harmful medical errors. Transfer of accountability (TOA) is the process, discussion and act of turning over responsibility for some or all aspects of a patient’s care from one health professional to another, on a temporary or permanent basis. Standardized TOA includes information transfer at care transitions and has been shown to decrease serious safety events (SSE’s) associated with transfers. Recently, research has shown that information transfer at care transitions is one of the top three contributors to SSE’s at the University Health Network (UHN). These findings have acted as an impetus for UHN to re-evaluate their TOA procedures, and specifically served to standardize these processes for inter-facility patient transfer. The aim of this project was to implement the rapid induction of a standardized electronic patient transfer tool between the psychiatric emergency services unit (PESU) at Toronto Western Hospital and Toronto General Hospital’s in-patient psychiatry ward, 8 Eaton South.

2019-2020

The University of Toronto Chapter for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (UTIHI) presents to you our 2019-2020 student-led quality improvement (QI) projects in partnership with local healthcare institutions and healthcare professionals. This project is part of a series of QI projects for the 2019-2020 school year. As part of the presentation process, audiences are encouraged to vote on the project they think best represents the IHI Open School's fundamental principles and "Triple Aim".

Click below to watch the QI Project presentations by our students!