Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Academy for Quality and Safety Improvement (AQSI)

The Academy for Quality and Safety Improvement (AQSI) is a seven-month professional development program designed to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively lead quality improvement.  It began as a collaboration among the Department of Medicine, the Masters Program in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety offered through the Center for Education in the Health Sciences, and the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Performance Improvement Department, with the first cohort completing the program in spring 2013. Though initially offered only to the Department of Medicine, the program has expanded to invite applications from the Departments of Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery for fall of 2016.

In 2015, the American Association for Physician Leadership awarded AQSI the Leape Ahead Award.  View the story and watch the award video.

In 2013, AQSI was featured as an example of a program meeting Northwestern Medicine’s exceptional care goal.

AQSI Expands to North and West Regions in 2017!

AQSI is expanding across the Northwestern Medicine system in 2017.  Applications are invited from the North and West Regions, where the program will begin in June 2017.  For more information, contact   

Central Region Program Details and Application Process

In the NM Central Region, the AQSI program will begin in October 2017.  The application process and deadlines will soon be posted.  In the meantime, please explore the content and links below from the 2016 application process.  If you have questions, comments, or would like to discuss the program in further detail, please contact Kevin O’Leary or Abra Fant.


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