Quality Sessions, Leaders, and Curriculum


Annually several institution-wide sessions on patient safety and quality improvement 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 in Probasco Auditorium.  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 Erlanger Medical Education YouTube Channel within a few days of each session.  all Residents, Fellows, Faculty, and Medical Students are encouraged to attend or view the recordings as well.  Topics during 2018-2019 include:

  • January 8, 2019
    Sleep and Fatigue Education in Resident (SAFER)   
    Speaker:  Radhika Shah, MD, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine 
  • Feb 12, 2019
    Root Cause Analysis and eSafe
    Speakers:  Alan Kohrt, MD, Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, and Jackie Bishop, Erlanger Medical Staff Quality Improvement Director
  • Apr 9, 2019
    Lean Culture and Quality Improvement Tools
    Speakers:  Jeff Bennett, MD, and Sonya Reid
  • Jun 11, 2019
    Culture of Patient Safety and High Reliability
    Speakers:  Yuvraj Kalra, MD, and Marvin Hall, MD, Pediatrics Faculty

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
  • Family Medicine:  Paul Dassow, MD, Family Medicine Faculty
  • Internal Medicine:  Taylor Wootton, MD, Internal Medicine Quality Officer (also representing Cardiology and Gastroenterology)
  • OB/GYN:  William Gist, MD, Program Director
  • Orthopaedic Surgery:  Rob Quigley, MD, and Wendell Moses, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty
  • Pediatrics:  Alan Kohrt, MD, Assistant Dean for Faculty Development
  • Plastic Surgery:  Todd Thurston, MD, Plastic Surgery Faculty
  • Surgery:  W. Heath Giles, MD, Program Director, Surgery Residency, and Darren Hunt, MD, Faculty (also representing Surgical Fellowships)
  • Urology:    Henry Okafor, MD, Urology Faculty
  • Jan Keys, DNP, RN, Erlanger Chief Executive Nursing Officer
  • R. Bruce Shack, MD, Dean 
  • Robert Fore, EdD, Associate Dean/DIO 
  • Pamela Gordon, MBA, CPHQ, CSSBB, Erlanger Vice President of Patient Safety and Quality
  • Mike Bettinger, Director, Erlanger Process Improvement Officer
  • Debbie Shepherd, Erlanger  Enterprise Safety Officer
  • 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 the Erlanger Quality Improvement and Patient Safety programs, please contact:

Revised 4/12/2019



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