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Fall 2014

6 Teams Honored at UT System Meeting

A team from the Rio Grande Valley campus won top honors for the project “Decreasing Patient Throughput Time and Increasing Operational Efficiency in an Outpatient Family Medicine Clinic” at the 2014 UT System Shared Visions: Improving Systems to Improve Lives conference in San Antonio.

The project led by Assistant Professor Matiana Gonzalez-Wright, EdD, was judged to be the best submitted for the conference held Oct. 15-16.  This is the first winning entry from the UT Rio Grande Valley campus.

The second place project was UT Health Science Center Houston’s “We Need You NOW! Improving Radiographic Turnaround Times in the MICU” led by Assistant Professor Susanna Spence, MD.  Third place honors went to UTMB’s “Improving Inpatient Patient Satisfaction (Care Provider Scores)” led by Associate Professor Lindsay Sonstein, MD.

Three projects that have been sustained over time were also honored, including two form MD Anderson.  The cancer center projects were “Sustaining Improvements in MRI Imaging for Abdomen and Pelvis Protocol and Processes” led by Quality Engineer Ranganath Iyer of Diagnostic Imaging and “Sustained Improvement in the Outcomes of Patients with Multidrug-Resistant Gram Negative Rod Bloodstream Infection” led by Infection Preventionist Polly Williams of Infection Control.  The other sustained project was UT Southwestern’s “Sustaining Improvements in Reducing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)” led by Elanor Phelps, Director of Nursing Quality Improvement.

It was announced that the next UT Shared Visions conference will be held in Spring 2016, with the site and other details to be determined.

Spring Exam set for Certification in Medical Quality

For the second year, MD Anderson will host an exam so physicians and other doctoral clinical professionals can obtain their Certification in Medical Quality (CMQ).

The two-hour exam by the American Board of Medical Quality will be held on April 25, 2015 at the cancer center.  

For information on the exam email qualitycollege@mdanderson.org,

Want Certification in Six Sigma?

After learning about improvement through Clinical Safety and Effectiveness, do you want to learn about Six Sigma?  Here is information for your journey.

Six Sigma training teaches you to reduce variation and waste that allow you to deliver the best results at all levels of the organization, according to ASQ.

In past years MD Anderson and others provided training in Six Sigma Green Belt and an institutional certificate upon completion.  After review of this curriculum, it was determined that training exists that will prepare students to sit for the ASQ certification exams in Six Sigma.

Faculty and staff at MD Anderson have access to Six Sigma training through the cancer center’s Education Center and Skillsoft.  Other training to prepare for Six Sigma certification is available at ASQ Six Sigma Training.

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