V I S I O N
To coordinate, connect, and inspire inter-professional students to learn about, engage in, and lead toward healthcare improvement across DUHS and beyond.
M I S S I O N
The Duke University Chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Open School (Duke IHI Open School Chapter) strives to:
- Further the understanding and commitment among health-related professional students to improving the safety, quality and efficiency of patient care locally, nationally and globally.
- Promote inter-disciplinary training and collaboration across the health-related professions at Duke (e.g. Nursing, Medicine, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Business, Policy, Engineering, etc.), enhance non-technical skills (i.e., teamwork and communication), and integrate core concepts of improvement science into health professions education.
- To empower health professions students to become change agents in their respective fields.
- Achieve these objectives through drawing upon the international resources of the IHI, as well as creating local programs at Duke and integrating with existing resources across the University and Health System.
H I S T O R Y
The Duke IHI Open School Chapter was founded in January 2009 by students from the schools of Medicine and Nursing who hoped to build a student organization dedicated to improving health care delivery and patient safety, both at Duke and beyond. Since its inception, the Duke Chapter has welcomed graduate and undergraduate students interested in health care to join and participate in local workshops, projects, speaker series, and national meetings on pressing issues in health care today.
The Duke Chapter has been supported since its inception by the Office of the Chancellor (previously Dr. Victor Dzau, now Dr. Eugene Washington), and has benefited tremendously from the guidance of former faculty advisors Dev Sangvai, Chief of the Division of Family Medicine and Vice Chair for Quality and Safety, Dr. Karen Frush, Chief Patient Safety Officer of DUHS, and Dr. Dori Sullivan of the School of Nursing.
The organization has since grown to over 600 members as of 2019. See our past accomplishments to learn more about our work.
M E M B E R S H I P
Membership to the IHI Open School is open to any student at Duke University. Any Duke employee or faculty may also become an affiliate member and attend open events. There are no membership fees. Subscribe to the Duke chapter and the national IHI mailing lists to get started!
A F F I L I A T E . M E M B E R S H I P
Because of our active University-wide chapter, affiliate members can garner access to the national IHI Open School Curriculum by creating an account with their “@duke.edu” email address. Signing in through this account will enable free access to all of their student-specific content (including modules and teaching resources).