Advanced Learning Program

Advanced Learning Program

The IDEAS Advanced Learning Program (ALP) equips healthcare professionals with the knowledge, practical skills and tools to lead quality improvement initiatives that aim to improve patient care, experience and outcomes.

At the completion of the ALP, participants will have all of the preparation necessary to apply their leadership to high quality patient care.

Who is the program best suited for?

The ALP is for emerging and established clinical (physicians, nurses, other healthcare disciplines) and administrative (managers, directors and senior leaders) healthcare professionals who have a foundational understanding of quality improvement concepts and who aspire to develop and lead quality improvement projects within or across organizations.

Where and how is the program delivered?

The ALP consists of a classroom and application component. The classroom component is delivered in Toronto.

To participate in this five-month accredited program, prospective participants apply as team (maximum of four people) to develop, implement and report on an applied learning project demonstrating improvement and alignment with health system and organizational priorities. Each applied learning project team requires an executive sponsor; a senior leader who commits to supporting the project and removing potential barriers to success.

During the development and execution of their applied projects, quality improvement advisors from Health Quality Ontario (HQO) and epidemiologists from the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) support teams every step of the way.

What Participants Say

Since 2013, 420 graduates have successfully completed the ALP. By 2019, this number is on track to include close to 1,000 health professionals across the Province.

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“IDEAS has had a profound impact on me…how I handle my own work…in pretty different situations than in a QI project…Just being able to “lower the heat” and get us to a “productive state”. I am being more reflective in my own work and think often about how I could be more efficient – I credit this all to IDEAS.” 

Advanced Learning Program Participant

“I got the sense that not only were we being educated by leaders, but being educated by leaders who really genuinely care.”

Advanced Learning Program Participant

“I would say, unequivocally, it was worthwhile. There is no doubt in my mind that it is an incredibly transformative and powerful program that really enables change to happen. Even, regardless of whether or not it’s the project that you chose that teaches you or its applications to other areas, I found it one of the best programs that I have experience and I would highly, highly, recommend it to any other colleagues who wish to be a part of it.”

Advanced Learning Program Participant

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In Collaboration and Partnership with the following:

  • Health Quality Ontario
  • ICES
  • University of Toronto

Funding provided by the Government of Ontario Funding provided by the Government of Ontario