Physician Led Quality Improvement

‘To support the local needs of physicians with improving the delivery of patient care”

What is PLQI?

The Physician-Led Quality Improvement (PLQI) program at VCH and PHC is a province wide initiative and a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health Care, and the Specialist Services Committee (SSC).  It is designed to address gaps in quality structures relating to physician participation in quality improvement (QI) activities. These include sessional funding, helping to build physician QI expertise and leadership skills, and ensuring physicians have adequate technical supports. Check out this video  featuring Dr. Vinay Dhingra, past chair of the initiative.

What do we offer?

We offer three options in your path to becoming a QI champion: Self-paced, Intermediate training, and Advanced Training.


1) Self-paced: IHI Open School offers dozens of online courses on quality improvement, patient safety, leadership, amongst others. We suggest starting with QI 101 – QI 103 and if you enjoy it, keep fulfilling requisites to earn your Basic Certificate in Quality Improvement.  Click here to get the instructions on how to register and contact us to be enrolled in our group subscription.


2) Intermediate QI training: Sign up and attend our Intermediate Training sessions. These are offered a few times a year.  Spend two-afternoon sessions (2 x 3hrs) with us to learn more about QI, network with QI champions, and begin working on your own QI project.  Click here for details and dates for our upcoming Intermediate Training sessions.


3) Advanced QI Training and Project Support: Our flagship training (which also includes project support) consists of 12 sessions (4 hour each) over a 10 month period where we dive deeper into the concepts and practice of Quality Improvement, Change Management, Team Communication, etc.

Click here for more information about our program . You are encouraged to identify a healthcare-related problem you want to address, and get Department/Division and Operations endorsement before you apply. Intake opens in January of each year; submit an idea using this form.

To learn more about PLQI and the program impacts, click here ; while here are our contact details .