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I-QIPS Distinguished Member Award


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

Application Process


Currently accepting Spring 2022 Award Applications from I-QIPS QI Coaches and Instructors ONLY.

Deadline: 11:59 PM CT on Monday, January 31, 2022

Only fully completed applications received by the deadline will be considered. Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be accepted.


In order to submit an 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.

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. The project should be current (within the last two years), and regular project updates should be reflected in the QI Project Registry.

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

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