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I-QIPS Distinguished Member Award

Applications for the 2021/2022 I-QIPS Distinguished Member Award are closed.

Interested applicants for future award offerings are encouraged to review the application process and requirements described below.

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About the Award

The Distinguished Member Award serves to recognize the commitment and active involvement of I-QIPS Members who are making sustained and active contributions in quality improvement and patient safety through improvement projects they are conducting within the College and/or an affiliated institution.


Congratulations to the 2021/2022 I-QIPS Distinguished Member Award Recipients on their outstanding achievement.

The Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety is pleased to recognize these awardees for their dedicated service and contributions to both the I-QIPS, as well as to the College, in the areas of quality improvement and patient safety. Their active participation as course facilitators and/or QI coaches for QI training courses offered by the I-QIPS throughout the year, as well as their involvement in conducting a number of important improvement initiatives across the College and affiliated institutions, do not go unnoticed and are greatly appreciated. Select examples of their recent QI work are listed below and can be viewed in detail in the I-QIPS QI Project Registry via the links provided.


  • Neeraj Agrawal, MD - Department of Medicine, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center

    Featured Project: Care Everywhere Referral Management | Project ID: 102 | View Project Details

  • Sara Andrabi, MD - Department of Emergency Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

    Featured Project: Optimizing Acute Coronary Syndrome Evaluation in the Emergency Department Waiting Room | Project ID: 103 | View Project Details

  • Jennifer Bryan, PhD - Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston

    Featured Project: Veterans as Caring Buddies: Empowering Veterans to Have Conversations with Veteran Buddies about Lethal Means Safety as a Community Approach to Suicide Prevention | Project ID: 98 | View Project Details

  • Mohamad Halawi, MD - Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

    Featured Project: Improving Quality of Care for Joint Replacement Patients through Standardized Rapid Recovery Pathways | Project ID: 101 | View Project Details

Application Process


In order to submit an award application, ALL of the following requirements should be met:

  • Applicant must be a current faculty or staff at BCM (or BCM-affiliated institution).
  • Applicant must be a current I-QIPS Member (sign-up today to become a member)
  • Applicant must demonstrate in their application their sustained and active involvement in I-QIPS activities within the past two (2) consecutive years, at minimum.
  • Applicant must have (fully) registered in the I-QIPS QI Project Registry at least one (1) current QI/PS project. The registered project serves as an example of their improvement work.

Note: For applicants who recently (within the last two years) were recruited from an institution not affiliated with BCM, their approved equivalent quality improvement and patient safety (QI/PS) training and service in activities conducted at their prior institution within the past two (2) consecutive years will be considered, and as such, should be described appropriately in their award applications.

Award Selection Criteria

This award is criterion-based. An applicant must meet ALL of the following criteria, reflecting the previous two (2) consecutive years PRIOR TO submitting an award application (for initial or renewal consideration):

  • Sustained Professional Development: Evidenced by actively participating in an I-QIPS leadership role (such as a QI coach, QI mentor, and/or course facilitator) of a QI/PS project.
  • Breadth of QI/PS Activities and Participation: Documented by completing specified sections of the I-QIPS Healthcare Improvement Portfolio.
  • Involvement in QI/PS Project(s): Documented by registering and regularly updating at least one (1) QI/PS project* in the I-QIPS QI Project Registry.

How to Apply


Before completing the 3-step application process, please carefully review the application eligibility requirements and award selection criteria.

Step 1: Prepare your Healthcare Improvement Portfolio

Prepare a personalized I-QIPS Healthcare Improvement Portfolio (HI Portfolio) by using the template provided. The completed portfolio should reflect the depth and breadth of the applicant's QI contributions from within the past two (2) years.

Please Note: For the Distinguished Member Award application, EACH of the following HI Portfolio sections, at minimum, should be completed:
  • Personal Statement
  • Healthcare Improvement Training and Certification
  • At least one (1) of the following sections for the purpose of demonstrating impact:
    • Leadership and Administrative Roles
    • Healthcare Improvement Project Activities
    • Healthcare Improvement Training, Education, and Curricular Activities

Tip: Although the application requires only certain sections of the HI Portfolio to be completed at minimum, it is to your benefit to complete as many sections as thoroughly as possible.

Step 2: Register Your QI Project

Register in the I-QIPS QI Project Registry at least one (1) QI/PS project* that you are conducting or have just completed. The project should be current (within the last two years), and ALL data fields in EACH section of the QI Project Registry should be completed as thoroughly as possible for the project. For example, list all team members who were involved in the project, indicate the funding type, enter all requested project data, note any project-related scholarship dissemination, etc. The majority of the data fields are modified from SQUIRE 2.0 guidelines.

The registered project serves as an example of your improvement work, and it will be reviewed as part of the application selection process. Further, should you be selected as an award recipient, College leadership and others across the College and affiliated institutions will be directed to your project in the QI Project Registry, as an indication of the type of work that you are doing.

Tip: When accessing the QI Project Registry, use your BCM credentials where prompted.

Note: When completing the award application (Step 3), you will be asked to provide the Project ID # and URL for the project you registered in the QI Project Registry, which will be used to review your project during the application selection process.

Step 3: Submit an Application

Submit an I-QIPS Distinguished Member Award Application by the specified deadline. You will be prompted to create a User ID and Password, which will allow you to save your work and return. Note: Unless you complete the application fully and select the "submit" button at the end of the form, your application will not be submitted for review.

Tip: To complete the award application, you will be asked to upload your completed Healthcare Improvement Portfolio (from Step 1) and provide the Project ID # and URL for the project(s) you registered in the QI Project Registry (from Step 2), as well as to upload a current photo of yourself and provide the URL to your BCM Bio Page. Should your award application be approved, the last two noted items may be used for the I-QIPS website.

*Each quality improvement/patient safety (QI/PS) project must be registered in (with regular project updates documented) and meet all requirements of the I-QIPS QI Project Registry.