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HeatherFarleyHeather L. Farley, MD
Assistant Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE
Assistant Professor- Jefferson Medical College

Quality and Safety Offerings at SA
This year’s Scientific Assembly is jam-packed with quality and safety-related educational opportunities!  Be sure not to miss these offerings.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Section Annual Meeting
Our QIPS annual meeting will be held on Tues, Oct 9 from 1-3p in the Sheraton, Tower Court C.  JessePines

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Jesse M. Pines, MD, MBA, MSCE, FACEP, who will be discussing “Quality and Patient Safety in EM in the Era of Health Reform."  Dr. Pines is an associate professor of emergency medicine and health policy at The George Washington University, where he is director of the Center for Health Care Quality.  

In addition, we will also be presenting the QIPS Resident Quality Award
recipients, and discussing current QIPS projects and opportunities for involvement with the section.  This is a great forum to meet leaders in the quality and safety field and do some networking!

ACEP Research Forum
Come hear about the latest research in quality and safety!  
    • Quality and Patient Safety Poster presentations
        o Mon, Oct 8 10:45-11:45a.m.  
        o Tues, Oct 9 9:30-11:30a.m., 1-2:30p.m.
    • State-of-the-art presentation – Patient Safety and Quality-Mon, Oct 8 1-1:30p.m.
    • Quality and Patient Safety Oral presentations- Mon, Oct 8 1:30-2:30p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshops
Two pre-conference workshops may be of particular interest to QIPS members:
    • Urgent Matters: Coordinating and Improving Emergency Care in the Era of Reform. (Sun, Oct 7 12:45-5p.m.) See more... 
    • Infection Prevention in Emergency Care: Strategies to Improve Practice (Sun, Oct 7 8a-5p.m.) See more...

ACEP Courses
Listed below is a snapshot of some of the courses covering quality and safety topics:

MO-47 The Quality Agenda 
• Monday, October 8 03:00 p.m. - 03:50 p.m.
• Faculty: Dennis M. Beck, MD, FACEP; Stacie Schilling Jones, MPH

TU-114 Critical Decisions in Chaotic Situations - Error Reduction: Tools and Techniques
• Tuesday, October 9 12:30 p.m. - 01:20 p.m.
• Faculty: Jennifer L. Wiler, MD, MBA, FACEP

TU-138 Benchmarking Your Way To Success
• Tuesday, October 9 03:00 p.m. - 03:50 p.m.
• Faculty: Michael A. Granovsky, MD, CPC, FACEP; Thom A. Mayer, MD, FACEP

TU-144 Patient Satisfaction: Point/Counterpoint
• Tuesday, October 9 03:00 p.m. - 03:50 p.m.
• Faculty: James G. Adams, MD, FACEP; Gillian Schmitz, MD, FACEP

WE-192 Administrative Challenges for the New Director
• Wednesday, October 10 09:00 a.m. - 09:50 a.m.
• Faculty: Stephen J. Wolf, MD, FACEP; Robert W. Strauss, Jr., MD, FACEP

WE-193 The ABC’s of Quality
• Wednesday, October 10 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 p.m.
• Faculty: Jennifer L. Wiler, MD, MBA, FACEP

WE-226 Teamwork: Communication Best Practices
• Wednesday, October 10 01:30 p.m. - 02:20 p.m.
• Faculty: Eric H. Christensen, RN, BSN, CEN; Jennifer L. Wiler, MD, MBA, FACEP

WE-265 Handoffs: Patient Safety and Legal Implications
• Wednesday, October 10 05:00 p.m. - 06:00 p.m.
• Faculty: Thomas E. Syzek, MD, FACEP

TH-297 Technology to Reduce Errors, Not Add Complexity
• Thursday, October 11 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
• Faculty: Donald J. Kosiak Jr., MD, MBA, FACEP


As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to get your quality and safety fix at SA this year!  Come join your colleagues with similar interests and learn about the latest developments in this important field—we hope to see you there!

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