Symposium attendees discuss Quality Improvement efforts at UC Davis Health System.

Last week, I was pleased to co-host the Integrating Quality Symposium: Linking Educational and Clinical Excellence with Dr. Ulfat Shaikh, associate professor of pediatrics and director of quality integration This was our second annual symposium.

With 200 attendees, 55 research poster presentations, 13 podium presentations and 2 keynote speeches from national leaders, it is clear that UC Davis Health System, as well as our partners at the Department of Veteran Affairs, Kaiser Permanente and community health groups, are “raising our collective I.Q.”

You can view the symposium presentations here in these two links:  Part1 and Part2. There are many points in the presentations that explain how Integrating Quality is about being student-focused and patient-centered. In particular, I want to call your attention to slide 3 of my presentation in Part 1. This chart details what health professionals learn in school (educational competencies) and the quality of care as defined by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The Integrating Quality Symposium emphasizes how we bring together–and link–student learning and patient care.

It was an honor to hear from Brent James, M.D., M.Stat, the chief quality officer at Intermountain Healthcare and executive director of the Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research. As the NY Times Magazine stated in 2009, if healthcare is going to change, Dr. Brent James’ ideas will change it.  Here is that article, “Making Health Care Better.”

It was a thrill to hear from Kenneth W. Kizer, M.D., M.P.H., distinguished professor, UC Davis School of Medicine and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and director, Institute of Population Health Improvement. Both keynote speakers talked about how Quality Improvement and Integrating Quality efforts are solutions to our looming national crisis in healthcare funding.

Dr. Suzanne Eidson-Ton, associate professor, departments of Family and Community Medicine and OB/GYN, hangs a research poster.

I was inspired by our learners (we are ALL learners!), faculty and staff as they described their own quality improvement efforts here at UC Davis Health System. All podium presentations were noteworthy but I can only list two here. Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing masters degree student, Jennifer Mattice, demonstrated her group’s work in addressing medication errors in a just culture. Simon Wu, a second year medical student, described how he and his mentor assessed and improved the quality of diabetes care at the student-run Paul Hom Asian Clinic.

I want to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this symposium. It’s important to recognize that the 60 plus projects represented by posters and at the podium are the result of many months of work, including faculty and clinicians who encourage and mentor learners, as well as the scholarly work conducted. There are the individual and team efforts, which altogether create an institutional and systemwide effort to improve the quality of care we deliver. Our collective effort, along with Dr. James’ Intermountain Healthcare and other institutional efforts, will lead our country to transform care.

I hope you were able to follow the tweets from UC Davis Health System’s Twitter account. More pictures are available at the UC Davis School of Medicine Facebook page. A more descriptive account of the Symposium will be shared on our internal website, the Insider, and a video of the Symposium will be available in a few weeks.

The Symposium committee meets Mon., March 12 to discuss plans for 2013. I welcome your thoughts and comments here. Stay tuned for a save-the-date announcement.