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September 29, 2011

Journal Club: Atul Gawande's 'Cowboys and Pit Crews'

The dialogue focused on Atul Gawande’s Cowboys and Pit Crews and an article from the New England Journal of Medicine, Incomplete Care – On the Trail of Flaws in the System.  Gawande implores health care providers to tackle the complexities of care provision through efficient teamwork, honest evaluations of performance and better systems design.  These topics provided a rich framework by which we discussed the real-life challenges of preventing a systems-based error in identifying and providing asplenic adults with pneumococcal vaccines.

Dr. Dan Hyman, Chief Quality Officer at Colorado Children’s Hospital, also engaged in the discussion.

September 7, 2011

The Story of Michael Skolnik (Movie)

In “The Story of Michael Skolnik,” viewers are compelled to rethink the critical role that shared decision-making and informed consent play in patient safety and transparency. This emotionally engaging program tells the story of Michael Skolnik, an intelligent, compassionate young man who died at age 25 after a three- year ordeal following brain surgery. Michael’s parents, Patty and David Skolnik, are joined by industry visionaries who together challenge viewers to consider how fully informed consent, true shared decision-making, and open and honest communication can change outcomes, how it could have changed the outcome for Michael, can change outcomes for countless others, and in the process reduce risk for institutions and the dedicated providers who care so deeply.

August 5-7, 2011

IHI Summer Immersion

This Boston-based program offers a deep dive into the world of IHI. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about improvement methods directly from IHI experts, and will choose breakout sessions on topics of interest.

July 13, 2011

"The Faces of Medical Error...From Tears to Transparency: The Story of Lewis Blackman"

"The Story of Lewis Blackman" recounts the story of a 15-year-old boy who died as a result of a medical error during a low-risk medical procedure.  Through an emphasis on the emotional and human side of medical errors, the film charges healthcare workers, educators, policymakers and consumers to strive for disclosure and transparency in a healthcare setting. 

This award-winning film offers insight into the patient’s perspective through the words of Lewis’ mother, Helen Haskell, and other patient safety experts including Lucian Leape, MD, Tim McDonald, MD, JD, Bob Galbraith, MD, David Mayer, MD and Rosemary Gibson.   The Story of Lewis Blackman provides a powerful look at the impact of medical error and further, the urgent need for practices and principles that reduce preventable medical errors.

April 12, 2011

IHI Journal Club discusses ‘The Bell Curve’ – Atul Gawande

The IHI Journal Club is an opportunity for students and faculty of all disciplines to discuss salient issues in quality improvement and patient safety in healthcare. We invite students and faculty to engage in discussion at our meeting on Tuesday, April 12th from 3:15-4:45pm in Ed 2 North 3108.

The dialogue will focus on Atul Gawande’s The Bell Curve, an article that highlights the challenges and benefits of improving transparency between providers and patients with regards to provider performance and patient health outcomes.  Drawing from the lessons of Gawande’s article, we will also discuss current efforts to provide quality performance information for patients at major US hospitals.  Please read the article prior to attending the session and come ready to participate! The article will be sent to those that RSVP.

February 10, 2011

IHI Journal Club discusses ‘Escape Fire’ – Don Berwick

The IHI Journal Club is an opportunity for students and faculty of all disciplines to discuss salient issues in quality improvement and patient safety in healthcare. We invite students and faculty to engage in discussion at our first meeting on Thursday, February 10th in Ed2 North P28-1103.

The dialogue will focus on Don Berwick’s, Escape Fire, an article that highlights portable lessons from non-health and personal perspectives to guide and inform decision-making in the healthcare sphere.  Application of Berwick’s lessons will provide a framework for discussing the nature of medical errors and improved individual and organizational-level responses. 

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