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Quality Sessions, Leaders, and Curriculum

quality-signAnnually several institution-wide sessions on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) topics are incorporated as part of our institutional core curriculum series called Healthcare Principles in Practice (HPP) — held monthly at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of each month via Zoom.

All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-year residents and fellows are required to attend or view a recording of each session that is available on the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga YouTube Channel within a few days of each session. All Residents, Fellows, Faculty, and Medical Students are encouraged to participate in the live Zoom sessions or view the recordings as well. 

2020-2021 QIPS topics included in our HPP Series are:
  • Tue, July 14, 2020 (Noon - 1PM) 
    Topic: Patient Safety/Medical Errors and Disclosure    
    Speaker:  Heather Svedas, JD, Erlanger Director of Risk Management and Alan Kohrt, MD, Assistant Dean for Faculty Development   
  • Tue, August 11, 2020 (Noon-1PM)
    Topic: COVID Education PPE & Ventilator Management 
    Speakers:  Charles Woods, MD, Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Jay Sizemore, MD, Director of Erlanger Infection Prevention 
  • Tue, October 13, 2020 (Noon-1PM)
    Topic: Lean Culture and PDSA
    Speakers:  Nicole Ford, Erlanger Senior Process Improvement Consultant; Jeff Bennett, MD, (Faculty); and John Pickering, MD, Surgery Resident (2nd Place QIPS Day 2020) 
  • Tue, November 10, 2020 (Noon-1pm)
    Topic: Patient Safety and High Reliability
    Speakers:  Yuvraj Kalra, MD, Pediatrics Faculty and Marvin Hall, MD, Pediatrics Faculty
  • Tue, January 12, 2021 (Noon-1pm)
    Topic: Event Reporting - eSafe and RCA (Root Cause Analysis) 
    Speakers:  Jackie Bishop, RN; Paul O'Quinn, Erlanger Quality Improvement and Alan Kohrt, MD, Assistant Dean for Faculty Development 
  • Tue, March 9, 2021 (Noon-1pm)
    Topic: Communication, IPASS and Medical Errors  
    Speakers:  Dr. Curtis Cary, MD, Program Director of Internal Medicine 
  • Tue, May 11, 2021 (cancelled since the Annual QIPS Day Projects will be presented on Friday, May 14, 2021) 

Our leadership (R. Bruce Shack, MD, Dean; Robert Fore, EdD, Associate Dean/DIO ; and Alan Kohrt, MD, Assistant for Faculty Development) have asked each department or program to identify a Quality Leader who will work with our overall leaders to define and institution-wide curriculum to educate Residents, Fellows, Faculty, and Medical Students regarding Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. 

Quality leaders who have been identified so far include:

  • Emergency Medicine: W, Doug Gregorie, MD, Program Director
  • Emergency Medical Services Fellowship:  Ron Buchheit, MD, Erlanger Medical Director for Pre-Hospital and Disaster Medicine
  • Family Medicine:  James Haynes, MD, Chair of Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine: L. Curtis Cary, MD, Internal Medicine Program Director (also representing Cardiology and Gastroenterology)
  • OB/GYN: Frederick Bossert, MD,  and Angela Yates, MD,  OB/GYN Faculty 
  • Orthopaedic Surgery:  Rob Quigley, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty
  • Pediatrics: Karla Garcia, MD, Program Director Pediatrics, Marvin Hall, MD and Jeff Bennet, MD, Pediatric Faculty 
  • Plastic Surgery: Todd Thurston, MD, Plastic Surgery Faculty
  • Surgery:  Darren Hunt, MD, Surgery and Surgical Critical Care Faculty
  • Urology: Henry Okafor, MD, Urology Faculty
  • Rachel Harris, DNP, RN, Interim Erlanger Chief Nursing Executive
  • Mike Bettinger, Director, Erlanger Process Improvement Office 
  • Mukta Panda, MD, Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education and Well-Being

We are discussing incorporating required modules from the IHI Open School Online Curriculum as part of our institutional curriculum.

For more information about our Quality Improvement and Patient Safety programs, please contact:

Last Published: Apr 16, 2021