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CS&E Educational Program News & Information

Summer 2014

Boot Camp on Quality, Patient Safety for Trainees

In an effort to integrate trainees into patient safety and quality initiatives, MD Anderson provided a Quality Improvement Boot Camp as part of orientation for new trainees last July.

The half-day training gave trainees an introduction to quality improvement and resources they can use during their training. Specific resources and tools such as Clinical Process Analysis, the Patient Safety Net incident reporting system, the Healthcare Matrix, quality education and quality tools were introduced.  The Boot Camp also included discussions of Cancer Health Disparities and Cancer Trial Participation of Under-represented Groups.

“The trainees had more knowledge about quality improvement after the Boot Camp,” said Robert Joyce, manager of quality education and evaluation, in discussing the evaluation of the training.  “Many said they wanted to learn more about quality improvement.”

The Boot Camp was developed following findings by Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  The reviewers noted that there was a good quality improvement infrastructure in place at the cancer center, but said there was a breakdown in integrating the trainees in the quality improvement efforts.

Doris Quinn, director of process improvement and quality education, along with Dr. Diane Bodurka, vice president for medical education, led a group of clinicians and educators to develop the training.

Program Announced for UT System Meeting

The University of Texas System announce the program for the meeting that combines the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Conference (CS & E) with the Systems Engineering Conference bringing together doctors, clinicians and students from across the University of Texas health care system.

The Shared Visions: Improving Systems to Improve Lives meeting is set October 15 – 16, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

The conference will open with a keynote presentation from Darrell Kirch, MD, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges.  Kerry Johnson, Founding Partner and Chief Innovation Officer from the Healthcare Improvement Association of America will give the Wednesday lunch keynote presentation.  The Thursday morning keynote address will be given by James Benneyan, executive director and professor of industrial engineering at Northeastern University’s Healthcare Systems Engineering Institute.

Registrants will have the opportunity to participate in an optional pre-conference interactive sessions offered the afternoon of Tuesday, October 14.  Topics for these sessions include Infection Control presented by Jason Bowling, MD, Jose Cadena, MD and Pranavi Sreeramonju, MD, The Role of Systems Engineering in Healthcare led by Victoria Jordan, PhD and Sampling Strategically presented by Diane Schaub, PhD.

For complete information see, Shared Visions: Improving Systems to Improve Lives. Registration fees are $100 for UT System employees and $250 for non-UT employees.

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