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This elective is designed to teach skill and knowledge to 4th Year Medical students in Quality Improvement and provide the opportunity to participate in a hands-on Quality Improvement Project. We define Quality Improvement (QI) as identified by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) as reflecting on how we practice medicine and looking for ways to offer better outcomes, greater ease of use and lowering costs. To do this, we need clear improvement aims, ways to monitor the progress and above all, a willingness among clinicians to make changes when evidence is presented. Tools and methods exist to help clinicians work together to study practice issues and arrive at a best known and agreed upon method. This elective offers compelling reasons to embrace Quality Improvement in practice and in education. Students will spend three days/week in a clinical setting and two days/week in a classroom setting learning and applying (using web-based simulation) Quality Improvement principles.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Deanna Willis, MD, MBA (drwillis@iupui.edu)

Director: Deanna Willis, M.D., M.B.A.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IUSM - Indianapolis

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Describe basic Quality Improvement principles (SBP5)
  • 2) Apply those Quality Improvement principles in a classroom setting (SBP5)
  • 3) Collaboratively design and implement a Quality Improvement project in a healthcare setting using the previously learned principles (SBP5)
  • 4) Measure the impact of that Quality Improvement project (SBP5)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; Students will: 1. Complete Lean Green Training Certificate program; acquire certificate 2. Students have the option to complete the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open Course Certificate in Quality Improvement online 2. Complete a personal development A3 for themselves; 3. Develop a one-page Leadership report and discuss personal development A3 with mentor; Leadership Report Feedback Form (faculty complete)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 40% Clinical, 40% Library/Research, 20% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Deanna Willis, MD, MBA (drwillis@iupui.edu) No housing provided. Indianapolis and Richmond locations only.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Students participate in a Rapid Improvement Event (RIE) as a team member.� Each RIE team is comprised of 9-12 health professionals from various disciplines.

Service Learning Included: None