- Active learning. With so much packed into three days, it's easy to miss a key insight in the blur of PowerPoints and plenaries. The best technique, we learned, is to think up questions well before the end of a talk. Keeping questions in mind throughout the conference, continuously searching for answers, and reflecting on daily lessons are key best practices of active learners.
- Networking for collaboration. The knowledge to be gained at the Forum is world class, but it's called a meeting because that's what you're supposed to do! To make the most out of your experience, you'll want to be sure to meet the right people. You may find it difficult to find colleagues who share your interests in health care improvement at your school or institution, but student teams are designed to provide an immediate addition to your network of colleagues with common interests, and to provide a starting point for connecting with people you want to meet.
- Connecting to core values. What makes the IHI National Forum so valuable is that improving health care is not just a specialty, it's a movement. Along with a list of great ideas and a stack of business cards, you leave with a sense of joy and excitement about the mission of improving health care that will carry you through the challenges of the year. The IHI Open School hopes that with the help of the student teams you will be going home at the end of the Forum energized and inspired. We hope that the Forum will be as much about learning what's new as rediscovering the core values that sparked your passions in the first place.
To our student teams: We're excited to see the results you come up with while at the Forum. Now's your chance to share your team's mission with the rest of the IHI Open School Community! Please share your team's mission in the comments section below.
See you in Orlando!