SC IHI Open School
Preparing current and future professionals for the future
Those who are trying to accelerate quality improvement often find health care professionals ill-prepared to participate in or lead improvement efforts. As a result, ambitious quality improvement strategies usually require health care organizations to make significant investments in retraining and in overcoming professional resistance to change. Over the past two years, SCHA has facilitated the creation of IHI Open School chapters at Clemson, MUSC and USC. A growing number of health profession students at these universities have accessed online courses offered through the IHI Open School program to enhance their knowledge and skills in the areas of quality improvement, patient safety and leadership development. Student and faculty ratings of these online courses have been extremely high and an increasing number of academic departments are now incorporating these courses into their curricular activities.
We are now pleased to announce that the SCHA has partnered with IHI to provide all SC hospitals and their staff and physicians direct access to this same catalogue of online courses through IHI’s Open School Program. South Carolina is the first state to ever develop such a partnership with IHI, and as the pilot state, we have negotiated an extremely attractive annual rate for each hospital based on bed size. This annual fee will give your hospital full online access to all IHI Open School courses, education credits for each health professional for successful course completion and the opportunity for staff and physicians to gain IHI’s basic and advanced certification.
To learn more about the courses offered and pricing, check out the SC IHI Open School brochure or contact Ashley Childers. You can also go online to sign your hospital up for these IHI Open School course opportunities.
Consider mentoring a student
The IHI Open School has engaged thousands of students in learning about improvement. Now, they are looking for professionals to mentor studenets. Find a Mentor enables students to search for professional mentors like you. IHI.org users can opt-in to Find a Mentor, specify their areas of expertise, receive requests from students who wish to be mentored and track those requests. Students will be able to enter search criteria and a list of registered IHI.org users who have opted in to Find a Mentor and who match the criteria will be returned. Then, students can send a message through IHI.org to invite users to consider their mentor requests. Mentors have the option to accept or decline requests from prospective student mentees.