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Michael Fordis M.D.

Michael Fordis


Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Baylor College of Medicine

Senior Associate Dean

Continuing Professional Development

Baylor College of Medicine


Center for Collaborative & Interactive Technologies

Baylor College of Medicine

Michael Fordis, M.D., is the Senior Associate Dean for Continuing Professional Development and founding director of the Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technologies (CCIT) at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He also previously served as the Director of The John M. Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communications Science, the national center supported by AHRQ for translation of comparative effectiveness research findings produced by the Effective Health Care Program into actionable products for dissemination and use by clinicians, consumers, and policymakers to support decision‐making. His administrative portfolio also includes responsibilities for Maintenance of Certification initiatives through the College. Dr. Fordis’ interests focus on applying information technologies to healthcare provider and patient learning, clinical decision support, and behavioral change. He has served as President and in leadership positions for the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education; Chair of the Tri-group Society for the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions; Director of the Education Core of the AHRQ-funded Houston Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics; and/or committee and task force positions for the American Heart Association; the Association of American Medical Colleges; the Conjoint Committee for CME of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies; the IOM Planning Committee for the Learning Healthcare System in 2010 and Beyond; the Accreditation Review Committee for the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education.  His awards include the William Campbell Felch/Wyeth Award for Research in CME from the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education; the President’s Award for Exemplary Service in CME from the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education; the Fox Award for Research in CME from the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education. While at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) he received a number of awards including the Secretary’s (Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services) Award for Exceptional Achievement, and the NIH Director’s Group Award. 

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The Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (I-QIPS) is comprised of leaders from across the educational and clinical enterprise, bringing with them a diverse set of experiences and backgrounds in QI and patient safety. This expertise is carried over into interactive training courses developed and offered by I-QIPS, strategically designed to enrich the hands-on learning experience that is provided to course participants. Training courses are conducted by a team of facilitators, comprised of Master Teachers, Faculty, and Instructors, as designated by I-QIPS.

Master Teachers

I-QIPS Master Teachers serve as subject matter experts, direct course content, lead course sessions offered by the I-QIPS when needed, mentor QI leaders, and lead the development I-QIPS Faculty and Instructors.


I-QIPS Faculty serve as subject matter experts, lead course sessions offered by the I-QIPS, and provide coaching learners on QI projects, as needed.


I-QIPS Instructors serve as subject matter experts, co-lead course sessions offered by the I-QIPS, and provide coaching to learners on QI projects.


I-QIPS QI Coaches are engaged in one or both of the following ways (based on their interests, levels of experience, and per I-QIPS assignment):

1. Provide assistance during workshop sessions for training courses offered by the I-QIPS by leading breakout activities during the sessions, such as providing small-group coaching on improvement projects being conducted by the enrolled course participants.

2. May be assigned to one or two course participants for the term of the training course to provide customized coaching between workshop sessions to assist them with their improvement projects and pre-work assignments, in preparation for the next scheduled session. 

As part of its initiative to train faculty, support innovation, and promote scholarship in quality improvement and patient safety, the I-QIPS seeks qualified candidates to serve as QI Coaches for faculty or trainees involved in improvement-related activities conducted across BCM-affiliated institutions. The team of QI Coaches is selected via a formal application process. For more information, visit the QI Coaches page.

Past Coaches