March 12 and the 2013 Integrating Quality Symposium: Linking Clinical and Educational Excellence will be here soon. This is our third annual symposium and I am pleased to see the growth in interest throughout UC Davis Health System.

This year, with more than 90 abstracts submitted, the Symposium Committee had a tough time selecting which ones to accept for posters or podium presentations. It’s a good problem to have. We were pleased to see the increase in quality initiatives as well as the diversity in project teams, including more Pharmacology residents and Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership graduate program students. 

I hope you will join us to hear from our keynote speakers. Brenda Zierler, Professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing and School of Medicine, will speak about interprofessional education and collaborative practice as approaches to improve the quality and safety of health care.  

Heather M. Young, Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing, UC Davis Health System, and Founding Dean, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, will share insights on person-centered care coordination and promoting quality.

 Full details, including the agenda and how to register with our Office of Continuing Medical Education, are available here: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/quality/index.html.