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I-QIPS Distinguished Member Award


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

More information about the award, including eligibility requirements and application process, is provided below.

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 at an affiliated institution.

More specifically, awardees are recognized for their dedicated service and contributions to the I-QIPS, as well as to the College, in the areas of quality improvement and patient safety, as demonstrated by 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 by their active participation and/or leadership in a number of important improvement initiatives.

Award Recipients

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

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 at least one (1) current QI/PS project* in the I-QIPS QI Project Registry. The registered project serves as an example of their improvement work.

Note: For any applicant who recently (within the last two years) was 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 application.

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.

Note: More information regarding the I-QIPS Healthcare Improvement Portfolio and QI Project Registry is provided below.

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

Use the template provided (button below) to prepare a personalized I-QIPS Healthcare Improvement Portfolio (HI Portfolio).

The completed portfolio should reflect the depth and breadth of your QI contributions from within the past two (2) years.

ALL of the following HI Portfolio sections, at minimum, should be thoroughly completed, for the purposes of the Distinguished Member Award application:
  • 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

Use the below button to register at least one (1) QI/PS project* in the I-QIPS QI Project Registry.

The project should be one that you currently are conducting or have just completed within the past two (2) years.

The registered project serves as an example of your improvement work, and it will be reviewed as part of the award 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 improvement work that you are doing.

When registering your project, ALL data fields within 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.

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

Tip: When completing the award application (Step 3), you will be asked to provide the Project Title, Project ID #, and Project 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

Use the below button to complete and submit an I-QIPS Distinguished Member Award Application by the specified deadline.

Note: You will be prompted to create a User ID and Password, which will allow you to save your work and return. 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.

When completing the award application, you will be asked to:
  • Upload your completed Healthcare Improvement Portfolio (from Step 1),
  • Provide the Project Title, Project ID #, and Project URL for the project(s) you registered in the QI Project Registry (from Step 2), and
  • Upload a current photo (headshot) of yourself and provide the URL to your BCM Bio page. (Should your award application be accepted, this information 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.