The QI Scholars Program supports junior and mid-level faculty pursuing QI as a scholarly focus. This competitive one-year program provides the skills and support needed to successfully complete and publish rigorous QI research projects. Scholars participate in a seminar series  that covers a range of improvement topics delivered over 12 interactive sessions. Throughout the year, Scholars directly apply course content through work on an improvement project, supported by a project mentor, statistician, and data analyst. Scholars are given the opportunity to meet and interact with nationally known improvement experts. The program prepares graduates to pursue careers in academic quality improvement while building operational leadership skills. Scholars are expected to publish their projects in a peer-reviewed journal at the end of the course, and many graduates have become Directors of Quality for their divisions.

Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) started the Quality Improvement Scholars (QI Scholars) Program in 2016 and has been providing this advanced training to junior and mid-level faculty for 6 years. In 2021, for the first time, the QI Scholars Program expanded to include a cohort of UW Medicine participants along with the SCH cohort. Applications for the 2022-2023 program are again open to 3-5 UW Medicine faculty. 

Applications for the 2023-2024 UW Medicine QI Scholars Program open May 2023 and close in early August 2023.