“I-EQUIP is a groundbreaking program that provides students with an opportunity to create real change within a real healthcare setting. By providing students with an understanding of quality improvement principles, students are able to contribute to improving patient safety and care early on in their careers. As a student myself, I am currently working alongside a team of healthcare professionals to decrease emergency department wait times, thereby improving patient comfort and quality of care. I am very fortunate to be a part of the I-EQUIP program here in Niagara. By empowering students to create change, I-EQUIP is nurturing a long-standing commitment to quality improvement, which will ultimately result in improved patient safety and more well-rounded physicians of the future.“ - Sarah Payne, MD Class of 2015
Quality improvement (QI) activities are an essential part of enhancing and changing existing healthcare systems. It is important that our future healthcare professionals learn about quality improvement, change, and leadership within an interprofessional education model.
I-EQUIP is an applied educational experience that provides quality improvement experience to medical students at McMaster University within the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine’s Niagara Regional Campus, Brock University students, and health system partners throughout the Niagara Region. Our project areas span the acute, long-term and primary care setting in areas such as insulin safety, antimicrobial stewardship, sepsis, mental health, surgical safety, trauma care, secondary stroke prevention, care transitions and more. Students will engage in an applied clinical QI project from MF5 until the end of clerkship, making tangible changes to the healthcare system.
For a comprehensive overview of I-EQUIP and a list of all projects to date, visit I-EQUIP for more information.