2023 UI Hospitals & Clinics Lean Improvement Model for Health Care training

Register now for the 2023 UI Hospitals and Clinics Lean Improvement Model for Health Care training.

Month Training Dates Meeting Room
May 4th and 5th  (Thurs & Fri) Staley East Room
June 8th and 9th  (Thurs & Fri) Staley East Room
October 12th and 13th (Thurs & Fri) Staley East Room
November, December 30th & 1st (Thurs & Fri) Staley East Room

All training runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for both days of the training session. Times may be subject to change if conditions require that we do an online-only format.


Email Chad McPherson at cmmcpher@healthcare.uiowa.edu to register or if you have any questions.

Course Description

This course is designed to help health care workers understand Lean centered around: eliminating waste, applying Lean principles and concepts, and using PDSA model for problem-solving in a hands-on simulation setting. Throughout this course, attendees will be able to identify service and operation improvement opportunities and initiate improvements.

The course is heavily interactive using simulation and practical examples to demonstrate how the UI Hospitals and Clinics Lean Improvement Model can be used in a health care setting. Attendees are assigned roles in the simulations. The success of the interactive exercises, which are quite extensive, requires 100 percent commitment of attendees to be present all day on both days. Please make arrangements to meet this expectation.


  • Discuss the basics of Lean methodology
  • Describe how Lean methodology can be used to improve operations at UI Hospitals & Clinics
  • Identify potential health care projects and determine the proper project scope
  • Discuss when and how to apply some common improvement tools in the health care environment

The course is facilitated by the office of the Operations Excellence director and staff.

Intended audience

The course is open to all UI Hospitals & Clinics employees.