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The Excellence in Quality Improvement Certificate Program (EQUIP)

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Course directors:

Dr. Brian Wong

Dr. Kaveh Shojania

Program coordinator:
Session details:

Six days of virtual training over the course of nine months (July 18-20, 2022 and May 3-5, 2023), and monthly webinars (Sept. 2022 to April 2023)

Time commitment:

Half day per week for individual project work in addition to the virtual sessions and webinars.

Tuition fees (2022-2023 rates):

$6,500 (CAD)

“You are more likely to be successful in QI with the foundations taught in the EQUIP program. You will also meet wonderful people and mentors who will share your enthusiasm and be useful professional connections for the rest of your career…you will come out of it with useful knowledge and new professional connections.

Benjamin Leis, 2019 EQUIP graduate, staff physician and assistant professor, University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine

Course content

The goal of the EQUIP course is to train current and future academic QI faculty members to help academic departments and universities address the pressing need to develop capacity in QI. As such, the program not only covers advanced content around QI, but dives deeper into QI methodologies to make projects more likely to succeed, preparing participants to maximize their project’s impact and receive academic recognition for their work. Learn More


This course is delivered through:

  • six full days of virtual training over the course of nine months that feature a mix of didactic and interactive small group sessions and peer presentations (designed to allow participants from outside Toronto to attend)
  • seven monthly webinars from Sept. 2022-April 2023 serve as project check points and provide the opportunity for faculty to provide distance coaching for QI project work and peers to learn from each other

We assign each participant a one-on-one faculty coach to provide guidance and support throughout the program to help them recognize and avoid common missteps.

Target audience

Academic faculty seeking to more meaningfully integrate QI into their clinical work or scholarly activities.

Faculty members who have a role in operational QI work for their department or hospital and would like to develop advanced skills to increase their likelihood of success.

Senior trainees wanting to make QI an academic career focus.

Core faculty

Our internationally-recognized faculty team are practicing clinicians and experts in the field of QI, whose members have a track record not only in executing QI projects successfully in an academic setting, but also producing publications in high-impact journals such as JAMA Internal Medicine¸ Academic Medicine, and BMJ Quality & Safety. For a full list of course faculty and speakers, click here.

Core faculty team members serve as directors or core faculty members for various advanced QI training programs offered at UofT, including the first Masters of Science program in QIPS in Canada, a longitudinal certificate program in QI, as well as an innovative faculty-trainee co-learning model for faculty development in QI.

Beyond the University of Toronto, members of our core faculty team have made significant contributions to national and international faculty development programs in QIPS through collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

How to apply

Applications are now closed for 2022-23 – they will reopen early 2023.

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