The Advanced Training Program (ATP) is a 20-day course that offers leaders a practical, in-depth course designed for healthcare professionals who need to teach, implement, and investigate quality improvement, outcome measurement, and management of both clinical and non-clinical processes.


The Advanced Training Program (ATP) is designed to train senior leaders, middle management, and front-line health professionals in the theory and application of cost and quality control as well as the health services academic infrastructure.

The purpose of Intermountain Healthcare's ATP is to give participants the understanding and tools necessary to conduct state-of-the-art clinical practice improvement projects, use quality improvement methods to manage and integrate non-clinical processes, implement quality improvement programs, and conduct internal quality improvement training.

The ATP course also gives participants the opportunity to join a national/international network that provides ongoing support and information sharing for future collaborations.

As part of the course, each ATP participant must select, complete, and report on an improvement project. The ATP faculty and analysts provide consultation and support for your project.


The ATP course consists of a total of 20 days, divided into four sessions. It builds on the experience of Intermountain Healthcare and brings national experts together teaching the theory and techniques of:

  • Guideline/protocol development and implementation
  • Outcome measurement
  • Health services research methods
  • Health policy and economics
  • Cost-based accounting
  • Medical informatics
  • Severity of illness measurement and application
  • Total Quality Management/Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Teams and teamwork

Annually, an ATP Alumni Conference is held for graduates of the program. The Alumni Conference provides a forum for graduates to discuss their current projects and to share innovative tools and techniques they are pioneering to improve clinical quality.

Program Faculty

Faculty for the program includes leaders from within Intermountain as well as notable experts from around the country. An example of our guest faculty includes:

  • Brent James, MD, MStat 
  • Maureen Bisognano
  • Andre Delbecq, DBA
  • Frank Drews, PhD
  • Joseph Duhig, MBA
  • David M. Eddy, MD, PhD
  • Allan Frankel, MD
  • Edward F. X. Hughes, MD, MPH
  • Val Ulstad, MD, MPH, MPA
  • Joseph Horton, MHA
  • Albert G. Mulley, Jr., MD
  • James L. Reinertsen, MD, FACP
  • J. Sanford Schwartz, MD, MBA
  • Mark S. Roberts, MD, MPP
  • Chrissy Daniels, MS


The ATP is sponsored by Intermountain Healthcare Continuing Medical Education.

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  • Intermountain Healthcare Continuing Medical Education (CME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • Intermountain Healthcare Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Intermountain Healthcare CME adheres to ACCME Standards regarding industry support of continuing medical education and disclosure of faculty and commercial sponsor relationships (if any) will be made known at the activity.
  • Intermountain Healthcare CME fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations thereof. If any participant of this program is in need of accommodation, please do not hesitate to call and/or write to the Institute office in order to receive service. A request for accommodation can be made by calling our CQI Education Coordinator. Reasonable prior notice is required.

For more information contact the Intermountain Healthcare Continuing Medical Education Office.

Course Logistics


Training sessions will be held in the Capitol View Conference Room at Intermountain Healthcare's central office, which is located at:

Class Day Structure

  • Breakfast is served each day at 7:30 a.m.
  • Class presentation/lectures begin at 8:00 a.m., unless otherwise noted.
  • Lunch is provided each day, exception of last day of each session, at 12:00 pm (noon).
  • Class concludes each day at 5:00 p.m. with the exception the last day of each session, which ends at approximately 12:00 p.m. (noon).

The presentations provide pertinent information that will assist participants in completing a quality improvement project. Please schedule your travel plans so that every presentation is attended.

Excel Breakout Sessions

During Session 2, an early morning breakout session will be held in the classroom at 7:00 a.m. If you are using 2008 Office for Mac software, 2008 Office for Mac did not include the Visual Basic component, rendering the use of macros, including ours, impossible. There is no work-around. Upgrading your software is the only option.

QI Project Consultations

Consultations with a clinical program analyst will be provided during each session to assist with the required Quality Improvement project. This schedule will be posted in the classroom during each session.

Hotel Accommodations

For assistance with hotel reservations, please contact Julie Downs in the Intermountain Travel Services Department. Please mention that you are attending the ATP program.

Session Dates

It is essential that you attend Session 1 prior to any of the other sessions as the framework and theory of quality improvement are laid out during Session 1. If you are unable to attend Session 1, we ask that you reschedule your participation to a future course.

Year Course Dates Registration
 2018  Winter Session 1  Jan. 22 – 26   Open for Registration
   Winter Session 2  Feb 26 – March 2   
   Winter Session 3  March 19 - 23  
   Winter Session 4  April 23 – 27   
   Fall Session 1  Aug. 13 - 17  Open for Registration
   Fall Session 2  Sep. 10 - 14  
   Fall Session 3  Oct. 8 - 12  
   Fall Session 4  Nov. 12 - 16  

Course Fees and Registration

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made 60 days prior to the first day of class for a full refund. Cancellations within 60 days prior to the first day of class will forfeit $1,500 of the refundable tuition.

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