INSPIRE future healthcare leaders to be agents of change in health quality improvement and patient safety.
BUILD the capacity for change through knowledge exchange, training and spreading best practices.
FACILITATE connections with the professional community through quality improvement initiatives and events.
PROMOTE the importance of delivering the best care to all patients.
In September 2016, medical students at the University of British Columbia Okanagan began working to establish a Chapter of the Institute of Health Improvement (IHI) Open School. The Chapter aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of students to develop knowledge and skills in patient safety, quality improvement (QI) methodology, person and family-centered care, leadership, and resource allocation.
Who We Are
Co-President UBCO IHI
Sarah is a second-year medical student who was drawn to IHI’s mission of employing and educating future leaders in order to optimize health care. She hopes to engage students and healthcare professionals in practical opportunities to learn about and apply the principles of quality improvement.
Jung-In is a second-year medical student passionate about public health advocacy and quality improvement. She is excited to work with like-minded professionals in disseminating QI principles for more efficient and effective healthcare for our patients.
Chapter Board Members
Co-President UBCO IHI
Brandon, now in his second year of medicine, learned the value of approaching health care with a quality improvement lens from projects he worked on before his current professional degree. He hopes to contribute to activating students to see health care improvement opportunities and become involved in finding applicable solutions.
Corporate Director | Quality, Risk & Accreditation - Interior Health
James is the Corporate Director of Quality, Risk and Accreditation for Interior Health in British Columbia. He has held both clinical and management roles in health systems for over 15 years, and has worked in all health sectors to plan programs, improve operations and redesign services. In addition to having extensive professional background in business and management, James is a certified LEAN Black-belt and has published articles, professional reports, and book chapters in the scientific literature.
Cheryl has enjoyed 8 years as the Site Director, Southern Medical Program at the University of British Columbia, alongside her 15+ years of practice as a Critical Care Physician. Her newest challenge entails overseeing the development and delivery of the UBC MD curriculum as the Assistant Dean of Curriculum. She has complimented her practice of medicine numerous times by spearheading Quality Improvement projects in the Critical Care department, which have led to timely transformations in care delivery. Seeing the value in translating these experiences to new learners in medicine, Cheryl has been working hard to implement Quality Improvement education into the core curriculum of the UBC MD program.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a leading innovator, convener, partner, and driver of results in health and health care improvement worldwide. IHI believes that everyone should get the best care and health possible. This passionate belief fuels their mission to improve health and health care.
IHI creates dynamic opportunities for health care professionals to learn from, collaborate with, and be inspired by expert faculty and colleagues throughout the world. The IHI Open School is committed to developing students, the next generation of improvers, through free online courses and an international network of chapters.
Our parent organization.