The Stanford Medicine Center for Improvement (SMCI) has launched the Advanced Course in Improvement Science (ACIS). Cohort 1 includes 15 physicians, 9 administrative leaders and 8 nursing leaders an have graduated from a program such as the Stanford Clinical Effectiveness Leadership Training (CELT) and are seeking to advance their knowledge of improvement science and its application to real-life problems. Cohort 1 includes 4 participants from outside Stanford University.

The initial cohort will span five weeks beginning in September 2020 and run through April 2021 with five weeks of 4 day-sessions on consecutive days.

The course is being offered virtually on the following dates:

The target audience/purpose is to identify/develop a subset of participants who will be future leaders/experts in PI/QI – both within faculty and operations; some proportion of the participants will use the course content to support improvement; a subset of participants will emerge from the course with expertise in improvement as the focus of their careers.

While each participant will have a project as part of the course, the focus is on developing people versus completing a project within the course duration; projects selected may be of such complexity they will span 1-2 years (or more). Stanford Medicine participant projects selected will be aligned with SHC/SCH/SoM strategic priorities.

Participants should be able to lead efforts to design novel, elegant solutions to complex problems. This skill requires facilitating diverse groups of experts who lack design skills in building something cohesive out of their collective insights.

Participants will be required to being able to conduct real, rigorous tests of change as well as insisting on truly reliable interventions.

For more information, or if you are interested in being part of Cohort 2 in September 2021, please contact Lisa Freeman at