Quality Improvement (QI) Projects

We match University of Toronto students with QI champions in healthcare organizations in the GTA to complete QI and Patient Safety projects in multidisciplinary teams.


What Are QI Projects?

QI projects are an opportunity for students to gain practical experience in a healthcare setting.

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 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 and are required to showcase their work at our annual conference in June.

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?

QI Champions

  • 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


  • 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

The 2017-2018 QI Project application cycle is now closed. 

For 2018-2019 cycle, please connect with us for more information.