Published on Brock University (http://www.brocku.ca)
A unique quality improvement partnership between local healthcare providers and medical/health sciences students at local universities has tripled in scope in just one year and yielded successes beyond expectations.
The I-EQUIP (Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program) is an extension of the classroom, providing an opportunity for students and front-line staff to work together on a variety of quality initiatives that improve patient care.
“I-EQUIP is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Brock’s health science and public health students to be leaders in quality improvement in healthcare,” says Madelyn Law, Assistant Professor at Brock University, and Co-Director of I-EQUIP with Dr. Matthew Greenway.
“I-EQUIP is providing meaningful applied learning activities which also provide value to the health of the Niagara community.”
On April 2nd, the 2nd Health Quality Symposium hosted more than 250 healthcare leaders to focus on leadership, change and innovation for the Niagara community.
At this event, the I-EQUIP program showcased 14 innovative and collaborative projects that are currently on the go at the Niagara Health System (NHS), Tabor Manor and Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre.
“The I-EQUIP program is building a tremendous amount of interest and excitement across our hospital system,” says NHS Vice President Linda Boich.
“We are already seeing a lot of benefits for our patients. I-EQUIP is an important part of the culture change we are fostering at the NHS. We are really looking forward to this program continuing to grow and working with our partners on our quality journey.”
Students from Brock University and the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University – Niagara Regional Campus work with front-line staff to identify leading practices and create new processes that improve patient care.
The projects are wide-ranging and include: falls prevention, diabetes and insulin safety, sepsis awareness and education, patient transitions from one healthcare provider to another, and reducing mental health Emergency Department visits.
“This is the first time our medical students have had such an opportunity to work so closely with healthcare providers on quality initiatives,” says Dr. Karl Stobbe, Regional Assistant Dean, Michael G.DeGroote School of Medicine’s Niagara Regional Campus.
“Equipping our future physicians with the tools to understand and drive quality improvement is a top priority for me. I am extremely proud of this partnership and of the progress that has been made in such a short time period.”