I am a current 4th year medical student in the Northern Medical Program who is keen to push boundaries on titles. My interest with IHI and quality improvement stemmed from my desire to have a seat at the table. This table was the one with the decision makers, the established professionals who had identified that the system needed work but did not have representation from those affected by it or soon to be entering it. Through IHI and quality improvement I have been able to connect with amazing individuals, and see first-hand how passionate people can come together as a team to shake up the system. As the President I wear multiples hats ranging from coming up with agendas, empowering fellow members, updating our social media, and working on this website.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR ADVISOR
My name is Laura and as a medical student, one of my favourite things about medical school is that it introduced me to IHI. I previously worked as a nurse and in a very short time I witnessed the burn out, frustration, and incredible inefficiencies that occur within our healthcare system. What was even more heartbreaking was the realization of the negative impact that this could have on patient care. IHI is a group of like minded people that are passionate about improving care for patients. They emphasize a unique perspective that in order to improve care for patients, we must first improve the culture and environment that our healthcare workers are working in. When we find joy in work, productivity and improved outcomes will follow. This idea is something I suspected for years but it wasn't until I was introduced to IHI that it was truly conceptualized for me. With every negative interaction I have in healthcare I try to think: was that necessary? How can we improve the ways that we interact with each other? And most importantly, how can I ensure that this negative interaction does not in any way negatively impact my patient care?
My name is Victoria and I am a recent UNBC Health Science graduate, currently working in a hospital setting. From my time working in the healthcare system to being a patient in that system, I quickly felt burnt out and frustrated with the issues that I noticed in our system. My desire to join IHI stemmed from my passion towards improving issues in healthcare, leadership, and interdisciplinary collaboration and I wanted to be a part of creating change for the better in my community. Being involved in IHI since 2018, I have been given the opportunity to complete beneficial training, and travel to conferences to put quality improvement ideas into action. Some of these improvement ideas included the organization of a documentary showing and question/answer panel at our University to highlight the negative narrative often used towards those with substance use disorder. More than anything, IHI has opened my eyes to the positive difference we can make as an interdisciplinary team, and how that will in turn positively impact patient care not only in BC, but all over the world.
My name is Jayden and I am currently in my third year of biomedical studies at UNBC. Through my exposure to the healthcare system in Canada, through personal experience as well as through my classes, I have felt there is a great need for quality improvement in healthcare. I am so happy to be a member of IHI at UNBC because it gives students, like myself, the opportunity to help improve the healthcare system and make changes to improve patient care
I strongly believe there is always room for improvement in every aspect of life. It just takes someone to recognize opportunities for change and to take action. I have found IHI to be applicable to healthcare and beyond. IHI has provided me with practical skills in health quality improvement and a platform to discuss ideas with a group of like-minded, inspiring students. As a medical student and future physician, I look forward to keeping my eyes and ears open for opportunities to make meaningful changes within patient healthcare and my work environment.
KEVALA VON VOLKENBURG
Hello! I am a 2019 grad from the UNBC Health Sciences- Biomedical Honours Program. Now, I work in as a Research Manager in the Northern Medical Program. I was born and raised on a small farm just outside Fort St John, which is more north of Prince George. I knew I wanted to stay in a rural school for my university and was very happy to be accepted into the big (for me) city of Prince George. At UNBC I’ve leaned facts and other intellectual material about ochem, metabolism, biology and the human body; as I’m sure many of you reading this have also encountered. I enjoy learning this but know from both classes and experience that the medical field has much to improve on. No one seemed to touch on this in my classes. No one appeared to be looking at the bigger picture of our evolving medical system. For me, this is where IHI came in. IHI gives student and professionals an opportunity to work together on projects. As a team, we work to improve, not only our medical system, but to empower others to develop ideas to help change lives.
IHI offers extensive networking opportunities and an open environment to express new ideas and put those ideas into action. This is my favourite part of IHI, the opportunity to work on projects in the community with real people, solving real problems. I am very excited to see what our team accomplishes in the years to come!
ADVISOR & BLOG CONTRIBUTOR
I am a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at UNBC who is deeply interested in improving the design and delivery of health care to provide better care for persons and their families, achieve better patient health outcomes and experiences, and reduce health inequities. Two of my specific interests in quality improvement are patient and public engagement and building capacity in QI by training healthcare professionals and students. One of the best decisions I made during my undergraduate education was joining the IHI in my third year! To me, IHI is a catalyst for change. IHI has provided me with the skills, knowledge, and voice to engage in quality improvement in a meaningful way. Upon graduating from UNBC, I transitioned out of my role as Director of Internal Affairs into the role of Advisor and Blog Contributor. In my new role, I have the opportunity to continue to support the amazing work being done by the Chapter and share my passion for quality improvement in words.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
My name is Jenna, and I’m a fourth year Biochemistry student minoring in First Nations studies here at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). Being born and raised in Northern BC, I’m beyond excited to be a part of this team that cares about helping bring quality improvement to the healthcare in our Northern communities. It is so empowering to be a part of this organization that is mindful about the big picture of healthcare and is interested in looking at the small steps we can take to improve it. I look forward to the change that we can bring, and as always to learning new things!