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Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School

Mission: To advance health care improvement and patient safety competencies in the next generation of health professionals.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School (IHI) Open School chapter at USC is a face-to-face, interprofessional group that enables a forum for like-minded health professional students, residents and professionals to interact and help each other gain skills to improve care. We strive to provide opportunities to learn about quality improvement and improving care for patients, to network with peers, to connect with engaged and supportive faculty, and to accomplish scholarly activities, such as publishing and presenting improvement work.

In particular, our IHI Open School chapter focuses on interprofessional collaboration and community service-learning.

IHI Open School  provides students of medicine, nursing, social work, public health, pharmacy, health administration, and other allied health professions with the opportunity to learn about quality improvement and impacting population health. By getting involved you can:

  • Access a growing catalog of free online courses
  • Connect with interprofessional students, faculty and professions in a worldwide network
  • Gain skills in quality, safety, teamwork and leadership
  • Attend national and international events

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Since 2010, the University of South Carolina IHI Chapter has provided a forum for students from all the healthcare professions to interact in meaningful ways and learn from each other. Our chapter promotes growth in quality, patient safety, leadership, and population health education. We support interprofessional quality improvement and community service projects. At IHI, believe in the Quadruple Aim of Health: Improving the health of populations, improving the patient experience of care, reducing the per capita cost of healthcare, and avoiding healthcare worker burnout. Join our growing multi-disciplinary organization as we work toward our goals this year!

Focusing on topics like the Triple Aim, Person- and Family-Centered Care,Patient Safety, Improvement Capability, Ethics, and Health Policy.

By becoming a member you can:

  • Engage in our Events Team: Plan, implement, and improve our six open events of the year
  • Reignite IHI quality or service projects, start your own, or volunteer for other projects
  • Attend our quality education and social events
  • Become a chapter officer or part of our board as a Steering Committee member
  • Involve yourself further in events as part of our hospitality crew

Our fall events will be virtual through Blackboard Collaborate in our organization Blackboard page from 5:30 P.M. - 6:45 P.M. They are free to all graduate healthcare students

  • Wednesday, September 15
  • Tuesday, October 12
  • Thursday, November 11

Contact the chapter with questions:

2021–2022 Officers:

Co-Presidents – Zachery Nichols (Pharmacy) and Alycia Springs (Pharmacy) 
Treasurer: Tasia Brown (Social Work) 
Secretary: Kylee Yturralde (Medicine)
Public Health Liaison: Jeff Gerstenberger 
Pharmacy Liaison: Rebekah Lewis
Social work Liaison: Tasia Brown
PA Liaison: Emily Brown
Medicine Liaison: Boykin Carter
Steering Committee members: Joseph Henry (Medicine), LaShonda Frye (Pharmacy) 

Find us on Facebook at: Institute for Healthcare Improvement Chapter at U of SC or @IHIUofSC

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a not-for-profit organization leading the improvement of health care throughout the world. While there are amazing benefits to becoming a chapter member, all healthcare students can complete IHI courses and access its resources. Learn more at .

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