CS&E Educational Program News & Information

Winter 2016

CS&E Marks 10th Anniversary 

Save the Date for UT System Shared Visions Conference

CS&E Marks 10th Anniversary

The Clinical Safety and Effectiveness marks its 10th Anniversary in Fiscal Year 2016 beginning with classes at MD Anderson and growing to programs at all UT System health care campuses.

The program began with Session 1 classes in the fall of 2005, with graduation of 11 teams in early 2016.  Charles Levenback, M.D., chief quality officer, was a member of the team that looked at “Physician Incentives for QI Initiatives” (ppt available by password on Collaborate SharePoint site).  Levenback, professor in Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, was asked to be in Session 1 because he had previously attended Institute for Healthcare Improvement forums and also attended a class provided by the Juran Institute.  

“I think the topic we picked was a great topic,” Levenback said. “It is still valid and it is an issue I am still working on.” He said the project was focused on promotion and tenure process. He was not sure if they met their project aim, but said the work helped to change the process to include quality as a form of institutional service.

Now each clinical department has a quality officer.  “Generally in the industry there is an acknowledgement that physician engagement in these activities is really important,” Levenback said. “And if there is no physician engagement, it is very difficult for other professionals and professional administrators to make the same progress as they could if they had the doctor involved.”

In addition to the CS&E Program, he pointed to the Quality Improvement Assessment Board that has helped make the distinction between what is research and what is quality.  “This has been really good for the faculty in terms of finding ways to conduct quality improvement and publish their results. The QIAB also helps acknowledge quality activities as a scholarly endeavor,” he said.

The CS&E Program has done a lot to embed the concepts of quality and change management into MD Anderson, according to Levenback.  “As improvement specialists, no matter where we arrive we know there is always going to be more to do. And that’s OK.”

“My hope that we will be able to penetrate even deeper in the organization.  In the Strategic Plan on People Who Serve, there has been a lot of focus on leadership development.  It is hopeful that part of that leadership development will be to get more division heads, chairs, center medical directors and quality officers to take this course and that will propagate these ideas and skills faster through the organization than we have so far.”

With the push to train more, especially leaders, in quality improvement, Levenback said there may need to be changes to the CS&E program. “With the changes in operations, it is more imperative for leaders to know the content of CS&E and walk the walk,” he said.  “At the same time, the pressure on them and the time commitments are growing so that makes it harder. It is a paradox.” He would like to make the training more practitioner friendly by looking at the length of the training.

Despite the paradox, he said that it is really important to continue the CS&E Program.   “It is even more relevant than it was 10 years ago,” Levenback said.  
Since the beginning of CS&E, the UT System programs has trained 2,483 graduates who worked on 850 quality improvement projects.

Save the Date for UT System Shared Visions Conference

Clinical Safety and Effectiveness participants are urged to save the date for the University of Texas Shared Visions: Improving Systems to Improve Lives Conference and Recognition Event, April 21-22, 2016 at the Hill Country Hyatt in San Antonio.

The event moved to the new spring date highlights both the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness (CS&E) and Systems Engineering initiatives bringing together doctors, clinicians and students from across the University of Texas health care system.

The conference will open with a keynote presentation from Laura Adams, President and CEO, Long Quality Institute.  John Hensling, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Banner Health will give the Thursday lunch keynote presentation.  The Friday morning keynote address will be given by Clay Johnston, MD, PhD, Vice President Medical Affairs and Dean, The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School.

Registrants will have the opportunity to participate in an optional pre-conference interactive sessions offered the afternoon of Wednesday, April 20.  Topics for these sessions will be announced soon.

Abstracts are being solicited from graduates of the CS&E program as well as abstracts for research and education related to process improvement.  All submitted abstracts will be considered for poster and/or oral presentation.  The deadline for submitting an abstract is Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Employees of the University of Texas System that submit a CS&E abstract qualify for conference awards.   An awards dinner recognizing exceptional individuals and team improvement efforts with awards to top CS&E abstract submissions will take place during the conference on Thursday evening, April 21, 2016.
Along with the keynotes speakers and CS&E projects, UT Systems Engineering grant recipients will be presenting the results of the their work during breakout sessions at the conference.  

For more information about the conference, see Shared Visions Conference.

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