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October 30, 2013
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Creating an Elective at Baylor: Four Steps to Success

BCMHere at the IHI Open School, we like to highlight innovative work from our Chapter network, which is why we jumped at the opportunity to learn more about how the IHI Open School Chapter at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, has made strides in integrating quality improvement (QI) and patient safety (PS) into its school’s curriculum. In 2010, Chapter members helped launch a required safety course for medical students; ever since, they have remained involved in that course’s success, in particular by routinely collecting and implementing student feedback to continually improve the course. Last October, the Chapter decided it was time to create a second, elective course that would include the entire IHI Open School catalog and provide hands-on experience in PS and QI. How did the Chapter Leaders at Baylor make it happen? Read about their four steps to success here.

What We’re Reading: Pulse—voices from the heart of medicine

Every Friday, Pulse—voices from the heart of medicine shares creative work in many forms — from photographs to haikus — from doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, students, patients, and anyone else who wants to share their experiences of giving or receiving health care. Last week’s publication included the poem “Luca” by Dr. Richard Weiss and “Checking Boxes,” an essay by Dr. Regina Harrell; we invite you to check out both pieces here.

Pulse is accepting poetry submissions for 2014. Click here to submit your original poem related to illness, healing, and/or health care before the November 30, 2013, deadline.

Community Updates
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Join the Next Global Chapter Call on November 6 at 12 PM EST

Join the next global Chapter Call, hosted by the IHI Open School Regional Leaders, on November 6 at 12 PM EST. These calls serve to highlight the work Chapters are doing around the world, orient new Chapters to the community, and answer questions about the work your Chapter is doing. All Chapter Leaders, members, and Faculty Advisors are invited to dial in and participate!

The theme of the upcoming call will be communication. We’ll focus on communication as a key element of networking within your IHI Open School Chapter, with other local organizations, and in your careers. During the call, we’ll provide resources to help you share information about the IHI Open School and discuss tips on how to take advantage of the networking opportunities at IHI’s upcoming National Forum.

To connect to the call: Follow this link, enter your name and email address, click “Join Now,” and follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Announces Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

Service_CorpsThe National Health Service Corps (NHSC) recently announced the 2014 Students to Service Loan Repayment Program, which provides loan repayment to students in their last year of medical school who have an interest in serving the under-served. The program provides loan repayment in return for a commitment to provide primary care in a Health Professional Shortage Area. Applications are due November 14. Click here for more information about the program.

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