Register for UTS Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Course

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Jan Patterson, M.D., M.S., is organizing the fifth annual UT System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Course. The registration deadline is Sept. 10. <em>Click on photo for larger view</em>clear graphic
Jan Patterson, M.D., M.S., is organizing the fifth annual UT System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Course. The registration deadline is Sept. 10. Click on photo for larger view 

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By Sheila Hotchkin

Health care professionals and students from across The University of Texas System will gather in San Antonio Sept. 26-27 to discuss ways to improve safety and quality of treatment for patients.

The fifth annual UT System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Conference, “Building the Bridge: Public Policy and Public Health Effect Health Care Reform,” is being organized by Jan Patterson, M.D., M.S., in her role as the Executive Vice Chancellor’s Health Fellow for Clinical Effectiveness.

Details and a full conference agenda can be viewed here. The conference is open to UT System students and employees, as well as to those from outside the UT System. The registration deadline is Sept. 10.

UT System Chancellor’s Fellow
Dr. Patterson, a professor of medicine specializing in infectious diseases in the School of Medicine of the UT Health Science Center, was named a Chancellor’s Health Fellow by Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., executive vice chancellor for health affairs for the UT System.

UT System began the Chancellor’s Health Fellows program a decade ago. Five fellows are chosen from the faculty of the various UT System health institutions based on their experience and expertise in various fields. Their purpose is to act as catalysts to promote collaboration among the health campuses.

Currently, there are two fellows from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio; the other is nursing researcher Kathleen R. Stevens, Ed.D., RN, FAAN, the Chancellor’s Health Fellow in Inter-professional Health Delivery Science.

Director of Health Science Center course for five years
When Dr. Patterson assumed her role Sept. 1, 2012, she became the chief liaison between Dr. Shine and the clinical safety and effectiveness course director at each UT System health institution. Dr. Patterson, associate dean for quality and lifelong learning in the School of Medicine, has led the course at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio since its inception in 2008.

Building cadre of faculty experienced in quality improvement
Thirty clinicians took the most recent clinical safety and effectiveness course. They were chosen based on recommendations from department chairs, UT Medicine San Antonio leadership, University Health System and others. Over a five- to six-month period, they identified aspects of clinical care they would like to improve, collected data, designed an intervention and followed up on progress.

A total of 183 faculty and staff completing 90 quality improvement projects have graduated from the course since its creation at the Health Science Center.

“We are building a critical mass of faculty members who are able to use quality improvement tools,” said Dr. Patterson, adding that finding ways to collect relevant data is often the most difficult part of the process. “One of our most critical needs is to be able to get data from our systems.”

Conference highlights
The upcoming conference, which is expected to attract about 300 people, is designed, in part, to share the results of quality improvement projects from the Health Science Center’s clinical safety and effectiveness students, as well as those from the other UT System health institutions.

Exceptional projects will be honored during an awards dinner Sept. 26.

Those who attend the conference at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio also will hear from experts in quality improvement from across the nation. Keynote speakers include Elizabeth McGlynn, Ph.D., director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research; Stephen Shortell, Ph.D., dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley; and Richard Shannon, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and chairman of the Department of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems.

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