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CS&E Educational Program News & Information

Summer 2008

  • Doris Quinn New Leader over CS&E Program
  • Quality, Research and Patient Safety Conference Oct. 10 
  • Conway to Present First Patient Safety Lecture
  • ‘Quality Leader/Quality Teacher’ Theme for Event

Doris Quinn New Leader over CS&E Program

Doris Quinn, Ph.D., M.S.N., director, Process Improvement and Quality Education, is the new leader over all MD Anderson quality improvement education, including the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness program. She brings experience in quality education programs at both corporate and academic medical centers to cancer center.

Prior to joining the cancer center, Dr. Quinn spent 15 years with Vanderbilt University Medical School in quality improvement. Her most recent position was director of education and evaluation for graduate medical education. She has extensive education and experience in both teaching and applying quality improvement.

Dr. Quinn is co-developer of the Healthcare Matrix that is being used by many academic medical centers nationally and internationally to assess care using the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Aims and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Core Competencies for clinicians.

Previously, Dr. Quinn was director of customer knowledge and improvement for Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA) Corporate Office where she worked with Paul Batalden, M.D., to design and implement HCA’s quality improvement program for its hospitals.

Dr. Quinn has a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, in Policy Development and Program Evaluation; a Masters in Science-Nursing Curriculum Design from Catholic University in Washington, DC; and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH.

Among Dr. Quinn’s most notable personal developmental efforts was her teaching and consulting engagements with Dr. W. Edwards Deming from 1988-1993. Doris was asked by Dr. Deming to teach and consult with him one week every three months throughout the U. S. at many national and international companies interested in applying quality improvement. These engagements included considerable private mentoring and discussions with one of the great gurus of quality improvement during the last five years of his life. Dr. Deming died at the age of 93 in 1993.

Quality, Research and Patient Safety Conference Oct. 10 

Mary Ann Baily, Ph.D., health economist and bioethicist from the Hastings Center, will lecture on “Appropriate oversight of quality improvement projects: An ethical issue" Oct. 10 as part of the first Quality, Research and Patient Safety Conference sponsored by the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Steering Committee.

The conference is an extension of the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness course on quality for physicians and other clinical professionals. CS&E alumni are asked to present posters on their projects at the conference.

Following Baily’s lecture, a panel including Jim Conway, M.S., senior vice president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement will discuss the lecture. Rounding out the panel will be MD Anderson’s Alma Rodriguez, M.D., vice president for medical affairs, and Ralph S. Freedman, M.D., Ph.D., professor and Institutional Review Board chairman.

Ken Shine, M.D., chancellor ad interim and executive vice chancellor for health affairs, will open the conference with his talk on “Vision and strategy for implementing the CS&E Program on a UT System level.”

Following the morning conference, Conway will present the first annual Patient Safety Lecture at 11:15 a.m. in Hickey Auditorium.

The conference is targeted to CS&E alumni, but all members of the cancer center faculty can attend. To register, please use the form on the conference site.

Conway to Present First Patient Safety Lecture

James Conway, M.S., of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is the speaker for the first Patient Safety Lecture on Oct. 10 at 11:15 a.m. in Hickey Auditorium.

The lecture by Conway, senior vice president at IHI, will be "Reflections on the Status of Patient Safety in Cancer Care.” His talk is sponsored by the Office of Performance Improvement.

Prior to joining IHI in 2005, Conway was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. At Dana-Farber he joined the Boston cancer institute following two tragic chemotherapy overdoses in 1995. He was a key leader in Dana-Farber’s efforts to improve patient safety following the overdoses.

His areas of expertise and interest include executive leadership, patient safety, change management and patient- and family-centered care. He is a member of the IOM Committee on Identifying and Preventing Medication Errors, an advisor to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, a distinguished advisor to the National Patient Safety Foundation and a member of the Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert Advisory Group.

‘Quality Leader/Quality Teacher’ Theme for Event

“Quality Leader/Quality Teacher” is the theme for the third Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Dinner Oct. 10 at Hotel Zaza.

The event will include a keynote lecture by Jim Conway, senior vice president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Awards for top CS&E projects and naming of new CS&E fellows will round out the program on the event for alumni of the program.

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