The heart of our semester long CQI course is work in an interdisciplinary student team focused around a specific quality improvement field project. This is an organizationally-based performance improvement project. Projects are bid to our course faculty by local health care agencies and we select the ones that best meet our needs for student learning over a semester period.
Interdisciplinary student teams (4-5 students) provide consultation/assistance on an improvement initiative in a health care setting in the Cleveland community. The team works in consultation with members of the sponsoring organization and applies the philosophy, methods and tools of improvement. One faculty member serves as a sponsor to each team. The attached description of the field project experience and assessment form for evaluating the improvement projects have been very successful in experientially teaching CQI over the past 10 years.