IHPME, in collaboration with the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, now offers a new MSc concentration in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, providing MSc students with the opportunity to focus their research and learning on all aspects of improvement science, current issues in healthcare quality and safety and relevant leadership and influencing skills.
The new MSc concentration in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety is offered in a modular format to allow individuals to earn this research degree in one year without interrupting their careers.
In its inaugural year (2012-2013), over 80 candidates applied and 24 were accepted into the program. These 24 come from a wide range of backgrounds and practice settings.
All the senior academic leaders of the Centre are established supervisors working with graduate students undertaking projects related to patient safety. Four masters students successfully defended their theses this year, including three in the Clinical Engineering program and one through the Institute for Medical Sciences. As well, two students are currently being supervised through the IHPME Clinical Epidemiology program. We expect the number of graduate students to increase substantially over the next few years, especially once the formal graduate stream in patient safety is established at IHPME.