Learning By Doing: Experiences of an Interdisciplinary Student Quality Improvement Team

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Judith Seary
Cheryl Chui
Rachel Fu
Jennifer Lo
Elizabeth Min


quality improvement, interdisciplinary training, education, health care, students, learning


The Institute of Medicine calls attention to the need for conducting research, creating tools and fostering leadership regarding the advancement of patient safety and care. In 2009, the University of Toronto Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter assembled teams of health professional students to participate in quality improvement projects at different health care institutions across the city of Toronto. This article highlights the experiences of one such interdisciplinary team. By addressing challenges experienced by the team and identifying key factors for a successful project, we hope to enhance the experience of future student-led quality improvement projects as well as facilitate further research regarding quality improvement training and education.