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Spring 2014

MD Anderson hosts CMQ Exam

Clinicians at MD Anderson and other institutions attended the April 19 exam for Certification in Medical Quality for physicians and other clinical professionals with a doctoral degree. MD Anderson’s Quality College hosted the exam at the cancer center.

Of the 45 Texas clinicians who registered for the Houston sitting of the American Board of Medical Quality exam, 39 took the test.  MD Anderson had 25 clinicians who attained CMQ certification.  See CMQ list (pdf)

The Quality College would like to hear from clinicians interested in sitting for the exam in the spring of 2015.  Please email Quality College if you would like to take the exam.  For more information on CMQ, visit American Board of Medical Quality.

CS&E, Engineering Meetings Combine

The University of Texas System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness and Systems Engineering in Healthcare conferences are combining as the new Shared Visions: Improving Systems to Improve Lives, which is meeting Oct. 15-16 in San Antonio.

The conference will include presentations on quality improvement and use of systems engineering in transforming the delivery of health care.  The meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel will kick-off with pre-conference workshops on Oct. 14.

Deadline to submit an abstract for the conference is Aug. 29.

The agenda and conference speakers will be announced in June on the conference website.

Miles Keynote at Celebrating Improvement

Dr. Paul Miles of the American Board of Pediatrics will be the keynote speaker for Celebrating Improvement at MD Anderson on Oct. 21 from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Miles, vice president and director of quality improvement and assessment programs in pediatric practice, will speak on “Involving Physicians in Organizational Quality Improvement.”

Celebrating Improvement is MD Anderson’s Quality Month event that showcases improvement work throughout the cancer center.  Here is the schedule for the event at Hickey Auditorium (R11.1400) and Anderson Conference Center (R11.1100):

  • 11 a.m. – noon: Early Poster Viewing
  • Noon – 1:30 p.m.: Quality Program and Dr. Miles’ talk
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Poster reception

A light lunch will be available at the program, with dessert served at the poster reception.  

MD Anderson improvement teams will be recognized according to the stage of their project: Plan, Do, Study, Act, Act + (projects that have been sustained for more than a year) and Act ++ (projects spread to other areas of the cancer center).  Teams need to update their project entry in MD Anderson’s Project Database by Aug. 1 to be recognized in October’s Celebrating Improvement.

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