Co-registration in HAD2005H – Quality Improvement Skills for Healthcare Leaders in Low-Resource Settings
In HAD2005H, students get a general grounding on quality improvement theory and practice using these concepts through simulation exercises. HAD2011H is designed to give students the opportunity to apply these new skills in a real-world context, by working on a quality improvement project in a low-resource setting or for disadvantaged populations.
The overall objective of the practicum is to broaden the student’s appreciation for and skills in quality improvement. The practicum will allow students to evaluate, test, and further develop their quality improvement competencies learned in HAD2005H in a practical setting. Practicum placements are tailored to individual student needs given their past work experience, current level of competency development, areas of interest and career objectives. While the student is expected to synthesize and apply the academic knowledge gained in HAD2005H to a specific project, the focus of the practicum is on providing each student with an individual developmental experience based on their specific learning goals. The practicum is designed to provide supervision and mentorship from experienced senior health care leaders.
- Complete an initial proposal for the project
- Meet at least once during the course of the project with the course director (e.g. by skype, phone or other means).
- Establish some form of quality improvement team and identify a supervisor who oversees the work. Quality improvement is a team sport, and students should demonstrate how they have worked with a team.
- Apply, at a minimum, the following tools: Process map, Ishikawa diagram, A proposed project charter employing the model for improvement
- Present project findings in a presentation to the class
- Fill out a “reflective exercise” describing how QI skills were used in the assignment
- Ensure that the supervisor completes a copy of the student evaluation and submits it to the course director