Physicians Attend ‘Championing Healthcare Improvement’ Workshop

The NC Medical Society Foundation welcomed Wake AHEC’s presentation of “Physician’s Championing Healthcare Improvement” on Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28. The speakers were Meera Kelley, M.D., VP of Quality & Patient Safety at WakeMed, Diana Bond, PhD, RN, Director-CME/Library/Quality at Wake AHEC, and Lynne Taylor, RN, Quality Improvement Consultant at Wake AHEC. They led the group of sixteen participants, which included physicians representing primary and specialty care, in productive discussions on quality improvement basics and the physician’s role in the quality improvement process.

 The educational session was the first required training for the Quality Improvement Fellows recently chosen by the NC Medical Society Foundation.  The three orthopedic surgeons will build on their knowledge by attending further training with the NC Center for Quality and Patient Safety over the next six months.  The Fellows will use their skills to coordinate a quality improvement project around orthopedic surgery within their hospital.  The project summary will be presented to the Board of Trustees and the Quality Committee in late 2011.

 At the conclusion of the seminar, each member of the group selected a quality improvement goal/project to address within their own hospital or practice. In one month, the group will reconvene via conference call to provide project progress and gain additional advice from the speakers.

 NC Medical Society Foundation will host the seminar again in 2011. If you are interested in attending the seminar, watch for the announcement in the NC Medical Society Bulletin or contact Amy Dunatov at [email protected].   The seminar was made possible through support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

 The NC Medical Society Foundation’s PractEssentials can assist physicians who are attempting to integrate quality processes into their practice environment.   Please see the attached flyer for a full listing of services offered.  If you are interested in obtaining more information, please contact Franklin Walker at [email protected].


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