EQUIP Certificate Program Format

  • The EQUIP program consists of 5 and a half days of in-person training over the course of 9 months. Participants travel to Toronto, Canada twice – once for 3 days (August 10-12, 2020) and then again for 2.5 days 9 months later (May 3-5, 2021)
  • The EQUIP program uses a mix of didactic and interactive small group sessions to provide participants with advanced skills to design and implement a QI project on their return to their home organizations
  • In addition to delivering the didactic sessions and facilitating in-person small group discussion, EQUIP faculty will also provide distance coaching to participants to support QI project work and help them recognize common missteps and how to avoid them
  • We have deliberately capped registration to 25 participants maximum, in order to maximize the impact of interactive small group learning. Restricting enrollment to 25 participants also allows us to maintain a low faculty to participant ratio (1:4), and provide personalized feedback to participants’ QI projects

Learning Objectives

Participants will develop skills applicable to all aspects of quality. However, EQUIP places particular emphasis on QI as it relates to optimizing effectiveness, cost and value, and patient safety; the program draws on faculty expertise and illustrative examples to pull from these different domains of quality.

Upon completion of the EQUIP program, participants will be able to:

  • Plan and execute an improvement initiative using a quality improvement (QI) framework
  • Apply fundamental (e.g., process mapping, Fishbone diagram, Pareto charts) and advanced QI methods (e.g., user centered design, human factors)
  • Anticipate and address common pitfalls and implementation problems encountered by QI teams
  • Address organizational context and culture when planning and implementing an improvement initiative
  • Select an intervention (or bundle of interventions) by linking the change to a thorough understanding of the root cause of the QI problem
  • Develop and refine a QI intervention iteratively through the authentic use of Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles
  • Evaluate the impact of a QI intervention using statistical process control
  • Demonstrate leadership skills needed to implement a large-scale change in your organization or clinical setting
  • Engage others, including interprofessional team member, patients and families, to co-design and co-produce a QI initiative
  • Teach and mentor others in their organization to develop local capacity for QI
  • Disseminate the results of their QI work through scholarly presentations and publication
  • Demonstrate impact through QI to support academic advancement and promotion

Important Dates

August 10-12, 2020
In-person session
Sep 2020 – April 2021 (TBD)
Monthly Teleconferences
May 3-5, 2021
In-person session
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