Mar 26, 2012

Raising our I.Q.

Earlier this month, we held our 2nd Annual Integrating Quality (I.Q.) Symposium at the UC Davis Health System.
The goal of the symposium is to link clinical excellence with health professions education and data driven quality improvement. I serve as the symposium's co-chair, along with Dr. Meyers, our medical school's executive associate dean. At last year's symposium, we had 75 attendees and 13 presentations. This year we had over 200 attendees and 68 presentations!

I am always energized by the enthusiasm of students and trainees in improving healthcare delivery. A student who presented her project last year on reducing patient risks for deep-vein thrombosis said, “As a medical student, it is fascinating to take a step back from patient care and treatment and examine how processes work, or don’t work. Small things that we can change consistently in the practice of medicine can have real benefits for preventing deaths and reducing complication rates.”

Click here to read more about the symposium. This site also has links to video clips from the symposium.

- Ulfat Shaikh, MD, MPH

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