Letter from the Editor

David Somand, MD, FACEP

DavidSomandThanks to all who made the QIPS section meeting at the ACEP Scientific Assembly a success, and welcome to all of our new members. For our first newsletter following ACEP14 in Chicago, I wanted to introduce the new QIPS Section Officers for 2014 and 2015:

Chair – Robert “Bobby” Turelli, MD, MA
Dr. Turelli is currently faculty at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, having just completed an administrative fellowship there. He completed his EM residency at Yale University, and his medical degree at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Academic interests include improving ED operations to impact patient safety outcome measures.

Chair-Elect – Jeffrey Pothof, MD, FACEP
Dr. Pothof is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and completed his residency at the University of Michigan. While a resident, he was a scholar in the Healthcare Administration Scholars Program, and served as chief resident. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Quality and Operations for the University of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine, where he has previously been the Director of Quality, and Clinical Services Chief.

Dr. Pothof’s academic interests include process improvement work to lead to increased value for patients and staff. He has special interests in ED opioid use, ED high utilizers, and hospital associated infections as it pertains to patients in the ED.

Dr. Pothof lives with his wife and two daughters, ages 4 and 8 months. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, and outdoor activities. Bering born and raised in Wisconsin, he is a die-hard fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Newsletter Editor – David Somand, MD, FACEP
I am a Michigan lifer, having attended undergraduate, medical school, and residency all at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I am a former chief resident, and a member of the first cohort of scholars in the UM’s Healthcare Administration Scholars Program. I am currently on the faculty at the University of Michigan, and serve as the Associate Service Chief and Lead for Quality for Adult Emergency Services.

My academic interests include clinical practice guideline development and implementation, and the process of Peer Review and assessing physician competency.

I live with my wife, Heather, who is an IT Pharmacist at UMHS. We have a 130lb Greater Swiss Mountain Dog named Brody. As would be expected from someone who has trained and worked in Ann Arbor for almost 20 years, I bleed Maize and Blue.

Website Editor – Brenna Farmer, M.D
Dr. Farmer returns as Website Editor for the upcoming year. She is a graduate of the East Carolina University School of Medicine, and did her residency training at Vanderbilt University, followed by a toxicology fellowship at NYU School of Medicine. She is currently the Assistant Residency Director for NY Presbyterian Emergency Medicine Residency Program, as well as the Director of Patient Safety for the NY Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical Center’s ED. Her academic interests include patient safety, medication safety, and education.

All of us are grateful to be involved in the section!

This month’s issue includes contributions from Dr. Meyers, who provides an update on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Diagnostic Error. We will also hear from Ryan Thompson, MD, who discusses a project aimed to decrease interruptions during patient care handoffs. Michael Bigham, MD, describes a project to capture transport quality data, and Samia Farooqi, MD, describes an airway and sedation quality improvement project. Shari Welch, MD, provides a QIPS Tips article on ED Laboratory Optimization. Enjoy!

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