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Becoming a QI Coach


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Interested applicants are encouraged to review the application process and requirements described below. Those who do not meet the stated eligibility criteria, are encouraged to consider completing the QI Jump Start course, prior to submitting a QI Coach Application.

SAVE THE DATE - Required Training for New QI Coaches

Spring 2022 I-QIPS QI Coach Applications currently are being reviewed. Applicants will be contacted directly regarding application decisions.

All selected QI Coaches are asked to attend a required training session, as follows:

Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Format: Live / In-Person
Location: John P. McGovern Campus (Conference Room TBD) | 2450 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77021

Note: Attendance at this training session qualifies as one of two faculty development sessions required of QI Coaches per academic year. This session is closed to new Spring 2022 QI Coaches only, and they will be contacted directly with details for the meeting.


The Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (I-QIPS) serves to train faculty, support innovation, and promote scholarship in quality improvement and patient safety.

As part of this initiative, the I-QIPS seeks qualified candidates to serve as QI coaches for faculty, trainees, and/or project teams involved in QI-related activities being conducted across the College and its affiliated institutions, including Baylor Medicine, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group, Ben Taub Hospital, CHI St. Luke's Health, Harris Health, Texas Children's Hospital, and Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Houston.

For questions, please contact: I-QIPS

Getting Started

Are You Interested in Becoming a QI Coach?

The Role of QI Coach

A QI coach assists the I-QIPS by coaching and mentoring improvement teams located at their respective clinical site, as well as during training courses offered by the I-QIPS. All coaches receive faculty development training from the I-QIPS to advance their improvement capability and continually enhance their skills in successfully coaching and facilitating individuals and QI project teams, while also supporting in parallel the implementation of improvement strategies being conducted throughout the College and affiliated institutions.

More specifically, QI Coaches are engaged in one or both of the following, based on interests, levels of experience, and as assigned by the I-QIPS:

  • Provide assistance during training course sessions offered by the I-QIPS. For example, a coach may lead breakout activities during the sessions and provide small-group coaching to the learners on the improvement projects being conducted by learners.

  • Provide customized coaching 1 - 2 learners (as assigned) between sessions to assist them with their QI projects and course assignments, in preparation for their subsequent course sessions.

Participation Requirements

Given the primary nature of a QI Coach's role in providing coaching and guidance to individuals and/or project teams engaged in QI education, innovation, or research projects, interested candidates must be able to commit to the following responsibilities, should their application be selected.

By submitting an application, the candidate is confirming that they are able to commit to ALL of the below requirements:

  1. Ongoing Training: Per academic year, attend at least two (2) faculty development sessions offered by the I-QIPS.

  2. Personalized Coaching: Per academic year, provide coaching to at least one (1) of the following groups engaged in QI work at the coach's respective clinical site: project team, trainee, or faculty. Coaching assignments and coordination of coaching meetings between the QI Coach and their assigned project team, trainee, or faculty will be managed through the I-QIPS.

  3. Workshop Coaching: Per academic year, assist as a QI Coach (workshop faculty) for at least one (1) training course offered by the I-QIPS, as follows:

    • Assist as a QI Coach for at least two (2) select sessions from the SAME training course. In this role, QI Coaches provide assistance by leading breakout activities during the sessions, as directed by the instructor. For example, a coach provides small-group coaching on the improvement projects being conducted by the learners, and they also may provide similar coaching or guidance to learners between sessions, as needed or assigned, to help them complete assignments and prepare them for the next scheduled course session.

    • Prior to the start of the course, attend a Coach Training Session offered by the I-QIPS, in preparation for assisting with the course. This training session may be applied toward one of the two Faculty Development sessions required per academic year.

    • Prior to the start of a given course, complete a COI Disclosure upon request. In collaboration with the BCM Office of Continuing Professional Development (OCPD), the I-QIPS offers continuing education credit for select QI training courses offered by the I-QIPS. For this reason, all teaching and coaching faculty for any course session must have a current COI Disclosure on file with the OCPD PRIOR TO the start of the given course. To prevent any eligibility issues with participating in a course, course faculty are responsible for ensuring that they are responsive and submit their completed disclosures by the requested deadlines.

Application Process and Eligibility Criteria

I-QIPS QI Coaches are selected via a formal application process. When applications are open, a "Call for Coaches" announcement is posted above, as well as announced through various communication venues across the College.


In order for an application to be eligible for consideration, it must be fully complete at the time of submission, received by the designated application deadline, and from a qualified candidate.

Qualified candidates include those who: 1) have completed a FORMAL QI PROJECT (from conception through implementation) AND 2) who meet at least one (1) of the following conditions:

  • Have at least one (1) year of PROVEN EXPERIENCE in coaching or consulting individuals or project teams on improvement projects

  • Have successfully completed FORMAL QI TRAINING (intermediate-level to advanced-level training required) - For example, the successful completion of the following training courses would satisfy this requirement: QI Jump Start course (intermediate level) and/or the Leading Healthcare Improvement (LHI) course (advanced level) offered by the I-QIPS or the Advanced Quality Improvement (AQI) Program offered by TCH.


If you currently do not meet the stated eligibility criteria, please consider postponing your QI Coach application and apply for the next offering of the I-QIPS QI Jump Start course. The application deadline and additional information for this intermediate-level QI training course are provided on the QI Jump Start course page.


Interested candidates who meet the criteria described are considered eligible to submit an application. However, the criteria serve only as a general guideline. Please be advised that meeting the noted criteria does not guarantee application selection.

Eligible applications are carefully considered through a holistic review process. Many factors are considered and taken into account when evaluating each application, including its assessment in the context of the entire applicant pool.