Quality Symposium Highlights Patient Safety Iniatives

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Arnold Millstein, MD, MPH, one of the pioneers in improving the quality of health care, will be the keynote speaker at the 9th Annual University of Chicago Medicine Quality and Safety Symposium on May 6.

The one-day symposium, in the 4th floor atrium of the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, is a unique opportunity for faculty and staff of all disciplines to share their ongoing work and new initiatives to improve the quality of care with their colleagues at UChicago Medicine.

The symposium kicks off with a Grand Rounds lecture in P-117 at 12pm by Dr. Millstein, a professor of medicine at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center. Among his list of accomplishments, he co-founded the Leapfrog Group, whose national hospital survey is a bellwether for consumers seeking to gauge the safety and quality of care delivered at health care institutions.

Unique to this year’s symposium is the UCM Innovations Grant Program, designed to encourage UCM staff to develop original and innovative solutions to problems in patient care, management or operations.

The cornerstone of this inaugural program is $100,000 in available grant money. Two or three projects will be selected for funding to help develop young investigators. The goal is to foster collaboration among departments to address a well-defined, measurable problem with a novel approach.

Projects must incorporate a high-quality evaluation process of a proposed innovation and result in publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

The grant application deadline is April 15, and awardees will be contacted by May 2. The winners will be formally announced at the May 6 symposium.

Central to the symposium again this year will be poster presentations, open to all employees across the medical center who want to highlight quality improvement work, both successes and failures, as a way to promote collaborative learning.

This year, the Center for Quality, in collaboration with the Department of Nursing Quality, will be hosting a series of four poster workshops for anyone interested in learning how to present their work in a scholarly poster. The first workshop is March 19.

All posters accepted for display will be published in the 2014 Quality Symposium Compendium, a publication that will be shared with University of Chicago Medical Center’s Board of Trustees and key constituents.

To get all the necessary deadlines and details, including templates and the online submission form, go to the symposium’s web site.

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