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QI Jump Start - Fall 2020

For questions, please contact the I-QIPS Team


All applicants for the Fall 2020 course offering have been notified regarding application decisions.

More information about the course, including eligibility requirements and CME, is available on the course overview page.

Course Resources

BCM Blackboard

For accepted/enrolled course participants only. To access the BCM Blackboard platform for this course, select the button below and enter your BCM ECA Credentials on the "BCM Users" log-in page when prompted.

Blackboard is best accessed via Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

IHI Access Instructions

For accepted/enrolled course participants only.

If needed for designated course assignments, select the button below for IHI access instructions.

Course Schedule


As of July 2020: Due to ongoing COVID-19 health considerations, this course offering has been transitioned to a virtual learning environment. At this time, all scheduled sessions will meet virtually via Zoom video-conference. Should conditions change during the term of the course to allow for in-person meetings, some of the later sessions may be transitioned back to being held in a classroom environment. Learners will be notified accordingly of any course updates.

For the purpose of facilitating the level of active participation and interactive discussions expected throughout each session, all learners should have the proper equipment and internet capability necessary to access and join each Zoom session by webcam, which should remain on for the entirety of each session.

Additionally, learners are asked to ensure that they complete and submit their pre-work assignment (homework assignment) for each session by their respective deadlines, and to be prepared to discuss their work during each session. This will help to enhance and facilitate robust discussions during each of the virtual sessions.

In order to remain enrolled in the course, learners must attend and actively participate in all of the scheduled workshop sessions, as well as complete and submit on time all homework assignments and course assessments (see Required Course Assignments & Evaluations below).


  • Session 1: Tuesday, 09-08-2020 - Introduction and Framing the Problem
  • Session 2: Tuesday, 09-22-2020 - Problem Analysis
  • Session 3: Tuesday, 10-20-2020 - QI Tools and Measures
  • Session 4: Tuesday, 11-10-2020 - Data Collection and Analysis
  • Session 5: Tuesday, 12-01-2020 - PDSA and QI Scholarship
  • Session 6: Tuesday, 12-15-2020 - Coaching and Feedback

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Course Format: Virtual

Course Availability: For enrolled course participants only

Location:  Course sessions to be conducted via video-conference.

Attendance Policy

Due to the interactive nature of the course, with each session building upon content and discussions from its previous sessions, learners are required to attend and actively participate in ALL sessions, in order to remain in the course.

Attendance at each session is strictly documented and tracked. Learners are solely responsible for ensuring that their attendance at each session is recorded by signing in at the START OF each session and as instructed. Late arrivals may not be captured.

Attendance rosters, along with other course requirements (including but not limited to timely submission of assignments and completion of required course assessments), is reviewed regularly by I-QIPS leadership, and automated email notifications are sent to any learners who appears not to have signed in for a session.

Instructions for Virtual Sessions

At the start of each virtual session, learners should ensure that: 1) their full names are displayed on-screen in the Participants List for the respective virtual meeting, AND 2) their face is clearly visible on-screen for the entire duration of the session (webams should remain ON for the full session). At any given point of the session, images of the on-screen participant list for each session, will be captured and used to confirm and document attendance for I-QIPS records.

Required Course Assignments & Assessments

Assignments: Throughout the course, learners are expected to complete and submit (on time) all homework assignments (also referred to as pre-work assignments), as well as arrive to each session on-time and prepared to present and discuss their completed assignments.

As part of the coursework, learners will complete a QI Project Template, as well as develop a Poster and Abstract, featuring the work-in-progress (WIP) status of their improvement project. Learners are expected to update and refine these items throughout the course/after each session, based on the content, discussions, and feedback received from the sessions. Additionally, with each session, the learner also will be moving their project a step closer toward its implementation in their clinical area at the College and/or an affiliated institution, through the application of the quality improvement principles and tools discussed during the sessions. At the end of the course, learners are expected to present their in-progress work during the final session, finalize and submit their QI Project Template, Poster, and Abstract, and complete all required course assessments. More information to be provided during the course. 

Assessments: The following assessments are required for the course and must be completed by all learners: Pre-Course Assessment, Post-Course Assessment, Outcomes Assessment (administered about 3-4 months after the conclusion of the final session). Each assessment typically takes about 5 - 10 minutes to complete.

Note: Throughout the course, learners are asked at the end of each session to complete a Speaker Survey to assess the faculty who conducted the session, as well as the content presented. Comments are collected anonymously, and it typically takes 2 - 3 minutes to complete. The feedback provided by the learners are used to improve the sessions and overall course, and the speaker ratings are included in letters provided to the faculty for inclusion in their educational portfolios. For this reason, learner participation in these surveys are greatly appreciated!

Course Completion Certificates: Course Completion Certificates are awarded, at the discretion of I-QIPS Leadership, to eligible course participants, serving to confirm their satisfactory completion of all course requirements. Their eligibility is impacted by their attendance, participation in discussions, and on-time assignment submissions and assessment completions throughout the course. Eligibility decisions are made only after the I-QIPS has received all course requirements (including all assessments) across course participants. Please refer to the QI Jump Start course overview page for a full description of course expectations and requirements/criteria for completion.

Poster Presentation

After completing the course, learners are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract to an academic conference of their choosing to present their work-in-progress improvement project, and to notify the I-QIPS (contact email listed below) of their accepted presentation. 

Additionally, learners are invited to attend the conferences listed on the Education page. Unless otherwise noted, there typically is no fee to attend; however, registration is usually required.

For questions, contact: I-QIPS