The IHI Open School (IHIOS) for Health Professions is an inter-professional educational community that gives students the skills to become change agents in healthcare improvement.
The values of the IHIOS Chapter at the University of Michigan are aligned with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) goals to improve health worldwide by helping to accelerate measurable and continuous progress in healthcare. IHI is an independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that provides training to health professionals to put ideas into action.
Membership in the Open School is open to students in nursing, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, policy, and other allied professions, in addition to any University of Michigan student with an interest in healthcare or healthcare improvement.
The University of Michigan Chapter was formed in September 2008 when the IHIOS initiative was first kicked off (currently there are over 100 chapters worldwide!). The first academic year of the chapter's existence was largely spent recruiting interested students from various academic fields and determining the group's goals. Some of the activities from the first year included: