This advanced-level certificate program is comprised of two (2) QI training courses conducted by the I-QIPS and one (1) approved capstone project, as reflected in Figure 1 below. As part of the curriculum, enrolled learners work on their self-selected QI project (pre-approved and supported by their leadership) throughout the term of the CAQHI Program. In doing so, they systematically develop and move their projects closer to implementation by applying in real-time the concepts and methodologies learned from session to session and course to course.
The CAQHI Program is offered annually and begins with the QI Jump Start course in the fall, followed by the Leading Healthcare Improvement course in the spring. Each course must be taken through the I-QIPS and completed successfully before the learner may progress to each subsequent step of the certificate program, as described below.
Completion of the capstone project is expected by the end of Course 2: Leading Healthcare Improvement (or within a few weeks thereafter), with its final submission by June 30 (unless otherwise indicated), which typically is within a month or so from the conclusion of Course 2.
An accepted application to the CAQHI Program provides automatic enrollment in both of the required courses (separate/additional applications for the two courses do not need to be submitted), provided that the enrolled learner successfully completes/satisfies stated requirements for each course and the overall certificate program.
CAQHI Program applicants should meet all of the following requirements:
The applicant must have successfully completed QI Foundations: The Basics (or equivalent), which provides foundational-level QI training and is comprised of a series of self-paced, online modules and videos, prepared by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, that BCM or affiliated learners may access at any time. Those participating in the QI Jump Start course would benefit from arriving to the first session with a strong familiarity of the foundational-level tools and resources provided via the noted training. (Source: Prerequisite for Course 1: QI Jump Start)
In order to progress in the certificate program, the CAQHI Program learner must successfully complete Course 1, as a prerequisite for subsequent enrollment in Course 2: Leading Healthcare Improvement, an advanced-level course.
The overall educational goal of this advanced-level certificate program is to provide hands-on training and experience at both the project and leadership levels of healthcare improvement initiatives.
The CAQHI Program is designed for learners with an introductory to intermediate knowledge of healthcare improvement concepts, who want to lead change within their healthcare system, and who have a particular interest in:
The CAQHI Program is open to BCM and affiliated faculty, fellows/advanced trainees, and staff at no charge; although, space is limited. Program participants are selected through a formal application process.
By the end of the CAQHI Program, learners should be able to address the following items, as organized by core competency areas:
The educational content and its delivery for this advanced-level certificate program is based on that provided through the required QI training courses conducted by the I-QIPS, as follows:
In order to remain enrolled in the CAQHI Program, learners must successfully complete the following steps, with each step serving as a prerequisite and Program requirement for the next:
Step 1 - Complete I-QIPS Course 1: QI Jump Start - This intermediate-level course builds upon foundational skills, as well as those concepts acquired from each course session. It includes a series of required (brief) course assessments, administered before the start of the course, immediately after the final session, and again about three months thereafter, for learners to provide updates regarding the progress of their projects, as related to the training received from the course.
The topics covered in the course include, but are not limited to, the following: systems/design thinking and redesign, models for healthcare improvement, basic measures and tools for conducting quality improvement (QI), adult learning theory and mentoring, and QI scholarship.
The successful completion of the QI Jump Start course is based on the stated Criteria for Completion described on the QI Jump Start Course Overview page, where the following course information also is provided: Goal and Target, Audience, Learning Objectives, Content, Delivery, Accreditation and Credit Designation, Evaluation.
Step 2 - Complete I-QIPS Course 2: Leading Healthcare Improvement (LHI) - This advanced-level leadership training course is designed to develop leaders of interprofessional improvement teams within their clinical settings. Each course session is designed to build upon the content, activities, and assignments from its previous sessions, and a series of required (brief) course assessments is administered before the start of the course, immediately after the final session, and about three months thereafter, for learners to provide updates regarding the progress of their projects, as related to the training received from the course.
The topics covered in the course include, but are not limited to, the following: transformational goals, effective leadership, identifying internal and external stakeholders essential to change projects, cultural barriers and facilitators of organizational change.
The successful completion of the LHI course is based on the stated Criteria for Completion described on the LHI Course Overview page, where the following course information also is provided: Goal and Target, Audience, Learning Objectives, Content, Delivery, Accreditation and Credit Designation, Evaluation.
Step 3 - Complete and Submit Capstone Project - As the final requirement of the CAQHI Program, each enrolled learner is responsible for completing and submitting one (1) approved healthcare improvement capstone project.
The successful completion of the capstone project is based on the continuity of the project (in its development and implementation) across the two required courses, as well as based on the stated requirements and criteria described in the respective Capstone Submission Instructions provided for a given CAQHI Program offering/group (e.g., Fall 2021, Group: CAQHI-1; Fall 2022, Group: CAQHI-2), which includes the following information:
For the capstone submission deadline and instructions for a given CAQHI Program offering/group, learners should refer to the above Program Offerings list and select the respective offering in which they are enrolled.
At the discretion of the I-QIPS Leadership Team, completion certificates for the CAQHI Program are awarded to eligible learners/course participants to confirm their satisfactory completion of all program requirements. A learner's eligibility to receive a completion certificate is impacted by their successful completion of both program-required courses and their capstone project (including its on-time submission and alignment with all stated requirements and criteria), as described in the Criteria for Completion section above.
Final certificate decisions are made only after all described program requirements have been completed across all enrolled learners.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Credit is available for each of the required courses:
Evaluation of this certificate program is provided through each of the required courses: