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The Chair’s Letter


Richard Griffey QIPIn this month’s newsletter we present a report from our first all-section call, led by section member Dr. Julius Pham who is working on an AHRQ funded project optimizing the discharge process from the ED.  This is timely work that generated great discussion about what various departments are doing to enhance discharge instructions and follow up. One of the nice technical features from this call was the use of computer software to display data and graphics, allow for concurrent chat discussions among members on the call and real-time audience response polling in response to structured questions with a display of the distribution of responses.  We will be working on obtaining this sort of software for future calls, as this was a great step forward. Of course the best part of the call was the sharing of information from section members and learning how others approach common problems and issues. The all-section calls began under the leadership of immediate past Chair, Heather L. Farley, MD FACEP as way to engage as many members as possible to draw on our varied expertise. Please consider participating in future calls and we would love to hear your requests and suggestions as to topics for the upcoming year.

In other section news, we are gearing up to send a solicitation for the annual QIPS resident quality awards.  These awards are presented to residents graduating within the calendar year who participate in quality and safety projects. Projects will be judged on their overall importance, innovation, approach and applicability to the general Emergency Medicine community. Recipients of the award receive a free 1-year QIPS membership, publication in the QIPS Newsletter and recognition at the ACEP Scientific Assembly. As participation in such projects becomes a standard part of residency training, we expect the quality of submissions to continue to excel! More details on this award to come.

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