We have a number of programs available to help students who are interested in quality improvement grow their toolkit, sharpen their existing skills and gain new experiences.
The students of today are the quality improvement leaders of tomorrow. We’re proud to offer a unique range of programs for students, including the chance to build work experience through our summer student internship program and learn about the latest topics in quality improvement through special opportunities at the Quality Forum and on campus.
Student Internship Opportunities
Summer Student Internship Program
Our annual summer student internship program supports teams in health care organizations to hire a fully-funded intern to advance their projects aimed at improving the health care system, while building the capacity of future quality improvement leaders.Learn more
Quality Forum Opportunities
Health Talks Student Contest
Our annual Health Talks Student Contest winner will take the stage at the pre-Forum evening event for Quality Forum 2019, kicking off the next two days of learning by telling an audience of over 300 about their hopes for health care. All BC students from medical school to elementary school are welcome to apply.Enter the Contest
To facilitate broad participation at Quality Forum, we keep registration fees low and provide discounted student rates. Students can register for Quality Forum 2019 for $200 (regular price $375).Learn More About QF19
IHI Student Chapters
Are you a student interested in learning more about quality improvement? Get involved with your nearest IHI Open School Chapter and join a growing network of people learning about and striving for quality health care.
The Institute of Health Care Improvement (IHI) is an independent non-profit organization and a leader in health care improvement. For over 25 years, the IHI has worked to build improvement capability and achieve better patient safety and patient-centered care. A huge part of this community is the IHI Open School Chapters which are interprofessional groups of students who want to learn about and work in quality improvement. Each chapter is unique in what they offer from facilitating events, to conducting projects, to learning more about quality improvement through online IHI Open School courses. There are 815 Open School Chapters around the world, including in BC!
To join an active chapter in BC, check out these pages for UBC, UBCO, and UNBC. Otherwise, consider starting a chapter by recruiting some like-minded students and faculty support, and completing the online enrollment form on the IHI website. Chapter leads can find resources and community through the IHI website, however specific initiatives differ from chapter to chapter.
One unique perk of being involved in BC is the IHI BC Chapters and BCPSQC Quality Improvement Scholarship. BCPSQC is proud to be supporting IHI Open School Chapters in BC through a scholarship fund for students to attend educational events related to health care quality and safety.
The Quality Improvement Student Scholarship is aimed at supporting exceptional students in pursuing educational opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in health care quality improvement. Specifically, the scholarship supports students interested in attending and/or presenting at high caliber inter-professional, quality improvement conferences during the school year.
Applicants are required to submit a resume and cover letter, outlining their goals for health care improvement along with the name of the conference they would like to attend. Past applicants have been evaluated based on the following criteria:
|Student demonstrates a keen interest in healthcare leadership and quality improvement through previous experiences and future plans||35|
|Conference is inter-professional and primarily focused on healthcare quality improvement||20|
|Student demonstrates effective communication skills||15|
|Student describes well-supported local initiative they are/will be involved with and how the conference will support their success in this project.||15|
|Student intends to present a poster or presentation at the conference||15|
Connect with your nearest Open School Chapter if you are interested in applying!
You can read about the experiences of the 2018 scholarship recipients on the IHI website.