The Excellence in Quality Improvement Certificate Program (EQUIP)
University of Toronto
Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto has evolved into Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery and knowledge creation. University of Toronto’s single medical school is ranked as Canada’s top medical school and was 7th overall in the 2016 US News and World Report rankings of the Best Global Universities for Clinical Medicine.
The Faculty of Medicine has remained at the forefront of life-changing health research and innovation for more than a century, ranking second in North America in publications and citations in 50 high impact journals. Toronto’s medical system is a partner in Canada’s single payer system and combined strengths of 9 fully-affiliated hospitals and 25 community-affiliated hospitals and sites in one place.
The University of Toronto has played an active role in leading patient safety and quality improvement initiatives:
It was a study site in both the landmark Surgical Safety Checklist and IPASS Handoff studies.
National studies of patient safety problems in Canada in both adults and pediatrics were led out of the University Toronto.
The original research demonstrating the frequency and clinical significance of medication discrepancies at the time of hospital admission was first reported through work done at the University of Toronto – these findings have had far-reaching implications and informed worldwide efforts to establish medication reconciliation as a patient safety standard.
The Department of Medicine has had a career track in Quality Improvement for the past 5 years with over 40 faculty members in that track), and many other clinical departments have begun to follow suit.
C-QuIPS has established its reputation as a leader in QI and patient safety education through its involvement in the design and delivery of several advanced QI training programs, including collaborating with the University of Toronto Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation to establish the first graduate program in QI in Canada; C-QUIPS is also the only hub for the distinguished Veteran Affairs Quality Scholars Fellowship outside of the US.
Many of the graduates of our various advanced training programs have gone on to assume leadership QI positions in local, and increasing national/international organizations; others have established their reputation as local QI champions who lead large-scale improvement efforts.
One of the strengths of the EQUIP Academic Certificate program lies in our internationally-recognized faculty team who are practicing clinicians and leading experts in the field of QI. Our faculty team members have a strong track record executing QI projects successfully in an academic setting in which the projects not only succeeded, but also produced publications in high-impact journals such as JAMA Internal Medicine¸ Academic Medicine, and BMJ Quality & Safety.
Core faculty team members serve as the director or core faculty for various advanced QI training programs offered at the University of Toronto, including the first Masters of Science program in QI and Patient Safety in Canada, a longitudinal certificate program in QI, as well as an innovative faculty-trainee co-learning model for faculty development in QI (Academic Medicine 2017)