• Intermediate Improvement Science Series (I2S2)

    At Cincinnati Children’s, the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence is transforming the delivery of care through improvement science. Our Intermediate Improvement Science Series (I2S2) is an accredited course that supports the transformation of health systems and catalyzes the cultural shift necessary to be a leader in improving child health.  

    We welcome leaders from other healthcare systems outside of Cincinnati Children’s to apply for the program

    Why Join Us?

    • Cincinnati Children’s is a recognized leader in improving child health.
    • The Anderson Center is committed to developing the next generation of leaders who will accelerate the trans­formation of health. Learn our approach and apply it in your system.
    • We deliver proven results. The I2S2 course has developed more than 460 QI leaders, with 88 percent of I2S2 projects driving real-time results in key areas by the end of the course.
    • Personal coaching between class sessions helps maximize learning and translates classroom teaching into action.
    • You can make a direct impact in areas such as safety, productivity, clinical outcomes, patient-family experience, cost / busi­ness process and community health. 

    How We Guide Improvement

    I2S2 helps build a broader and deeper network of improvement leaders, brings about continued cultural transformation and develops skill and experience through the Model for Improvement as based on Deming’s “System of Profound Knowledge.” Participants work on a real project in their system to drive immediate improvements in care as they build their skills.

  • Program Details

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    Physicians, nurses, allied health and nonclinical leaders at the director level or above who want to make an imme­diate impact in their health system.

    • Candidates should hold a leadership role as a physician, nurse, allied health professional or administrator.
    • This leadership role should include the ability to influence project design and assemble and lead a project team.
    • The participant has a working knowledge of quality improvement principles and methods. 
    • Applications for admission will be accepted until June 4, 2014. Applications received after the deadline will be considered based on availability.
    • Candidates will be notified of acceptance or placement on a waiting list by June 18, 2014.
    • Accepted candidates must confirm their intention to participate with a deposit of $500 by July 25, 2014.
    • The program fee balance is due Sept. 12, 2014.

    Webinars (italics) and Classroom Workshops (bold)

    • Oct. 7, 2014 − 1:30-4 pm
    • Oct. 28, 2014 − 1:30-4 pm
    • Nov. 12-14, 2014 
    • Dec. 9, 2014 − 1:30-4 pm
    • Jan. 6, 2015 − 1:30-4 pm
    • Feb. 11-13, 2015 
    • March 10, 2015 − 1:30-4 pm
    • April 15-17, 2015 
    • May 12, 2015 − 1:30-4 pm
    • June 17-19*, 2015

    *June 19 includes a graduation celebration  

    All workshops are held at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    Webinars require a high-speed internet connection and telephone for audio.

    • 100 percent participation in all classroom and webinar activities is required.
    • Participants will form their own project team to complete their project; project leadership cannot be delegated.
    • The webinars require a high-speed internet connection and telephone for audio.

    Expert faculty members lead the course in understanding variation, appreciation of the system, theory of knowledge / action-learning and psychology / change management. Instructional methodologies include lectures, large- and small-group discussion, application exercises, project presentations, and interactive learning in the spirit of “all teach, all learn.” Class size is limited to 20 participants with a balance of professional roles to maximize the learning experience.

    Each student will have telephone access to a quality-improvement coach between classroom sessions. The role of the coach is to provide technical feedback to the student regarding the quality methods and tools used during the student’s improvement project. Coaches may also provide additional quality improvement and change management instruction to assist the student in determining his or her project goals and planning a testing approach. Coaching sessions are available by appointment only. The coach is not a member of the student’s project team and is not responsible for project outcomes.

    The $7,500 fee for the program will include:

    • Eleven classroom workshop sessions, six webinars and one course graduation / celebration
    • All program materials, tools and The Improvement Guide textbook
    • Breakfast and lunch during each classroom session 

    The $7,500 program fee does not include:

    • Your travel and lodging expenses
    • Technology expenses such as Microsoft Office software (Apple software is incompatible with our templates), internet connection or telephone charges
    • Personal expenses while traveling
    • Evening meals
  • Apply Now for Our 2014-2015 Course

    Complete and submit an application form by June 4, 2014

    The next session is scheduled for Oct. 7, 2014, through June 19, 2015.

    The fee for the course is $7,500.