We are still encouraging application submissions for EQUIP 20-21 at this time.  However, we are removing our application deadline (Mar 27, 2020) and will be accepting applications on an ongoing basis until further notice.  We are committed to reviewing and providing notices about acceptance within two weeks of receiving each application.  We are monitoring the situation and will continue to update this site if anything changes with EQUIP 2020-21. If you have any questions regarding the application process please don't hesitate to reach out to Lisha Lo at

Knowledge of basic principles of quality improvement does not necessarily lead to successful local projects, implementation beyond the local environment, or academic productivity. In reality, many improvement teams rush to a solution without understanding the full range of causes of the target problem. Even well thought-out projects run into serious implementation issues.

The EQUIP program’s enriched content and deeper dive into QI methodologies should make projects more likely to succeed, and will prepare participants to maximize their project’s impact and receive academic recognition for their work. The ultimate goal of the EQUIP program is to train current and future academic QI faculty members to help academic departments and universities address the pressing need to develop capacity in QI.

The EQUIP program consists of 6 days of in-person training over the course of 9 months. Participants travel to Toronto, Canada twice – once for 3 days (Aug 10-12, 2020) and then again for 3 days 9 months later (May 3-5, 2021). Upon completion of the program, participants will be granted an academic certificate from the University of Toronto.

Who should take EQUIP?

  • Academic faculty seeking to more meaningfully integrate QI into their clinical work or scholarly activities.
  • Faculty members who have a role in operational QI work for their department or hospital and would like to develop advanced skills to increase their likelihood of success.
  • Senior trainees wanting to make QI an academic career focus.