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Certificate Course in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

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Course directors:

Dr. Eric Monteiro

Dr. Adina Weinerman

Associate course directors:

Marie Pinard

Dr. Amanda Mayo

Course coordinator:
Time commitment:
  • Live classes: Tuesday afternoons from 2-4:30 p.m. (20 sessions from Sept. 2021 to June 2022)
  • Additional: assignments and individual QI project work
Course locations:
  • Virtual (with the potential to move to in-person in 2022)
  • In-person: C-QuIPS SickKids site, Suite 630, 525 University Avenue, Toronto
Tuition (2021-2022):
  • Physicians: $4995
  • Residents/fellows/trainees: $2995
  • Health professionals: $2995
Course content

The certificate course covers a wide range of quality improvement and patient safety (QIPS) topics to prepare participants for the successful execution of QI initiatives. Participants will learn fundamental QIPS skills including process mapping, change concepts, PDSA, run charts and how to lead change.

For a more detailed listing of the course syllabus, please click here.


The course is delivered through bi-weekly sessions (20 total – virtual to start with the potential to move to in-person in 2022) that combine didactic lectures, interactive exercises, small and large group discussions and special presentations. Dedicated time is provided for participants to network with course faculty, coaches and other participants throughout the year.

Participants apply their in-class learning to a QI project carried out in their workplace; we assign each participant a coach who will provide one-on-one guidance and support throughout the year.

Target audience
  • Health professionals in practice (e.g., clinicians, allied health professionals, administrators) whose work or role actively involves QI or patient safety
  • Senior trainees seeking to make QI or patient safety a career focus in either an academic or a community-based setting
Core faculty and speakers

Participants in the certificate course will hear from a number of engaging speakers, including clinicians and health care leaders, who are highly respected experts in their fields. We carefully select speakers with different professional backgrounds who have demonstrated track records in successfully implementing QI initiatives in a variety of health care settings.

How to Apply

To be eligible, interested applicants must be able to undertake a QI project at their current healthcare institution with the support of their sponsor while being able to attend the in-person sessions.

A complete application includes:
Applicant Information
Personal Statement
Abbreviated CV
Two Letters of Support
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