Quality Sessions, Leaders, and Curriculum



During 2017-2018, through the leadership of our Dean (R. Bruce Shack, MD), Associate Dean/DIO (Robert C. Fore, EdD), Children's Hospital Quality Office (Alan Kohrt, MD, also Chair of the Department of Pediatrics), Internal Medicine Quality Officer (Taylor Wootton, MD), and the Erlanger Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality (Pamela Gordon), six didactic sessions on patient safety and quality improvement topics 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:  

  • October 10, 2017
    Sleep and Fatigue Education in Resident (SAFER)
  • Nov 14, 2017
    Patient Safety and Just Culture
    Speakers:  Pamela Gordon, Erlanger Chief Quality Officer, and Taylor Wootton, MD, Internal Medicine Quality Officer 
  • Dec 12, 2017
    Quality Improvement Tools
    Speakers:  Jeff Bennett, MD, and Sonya Reid
  • Feb 13, 2018
    Root Cause Analysis
    Speakers:  Alan Kohrt, MD, Chair, Department of Pediatrics 
  • Apr 10, 2018
    High-Reliability Organizations and Error Prevention
    Speakers:  Yuvraj Kalra, MD, Pediatric Faculty
  • May 8, 2018
    The ABC's of Quality Metrics
    Speakers:  Mike Bettinger, Erlanger Director, Quality Analytics 

Recently Dean R. Bruce Shack, MD, and Associate Dean/DIO Robert Fore, EdD, 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.  A meeting is being scheduled in May to discuss requirements that will become effective July 1, 2018.  Quality leaders who have been identified so far include:

  • Emergency Medicine:  Doug Gregorie, MD, Associate 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:  Emily Reeves-Douglas, MD, OB/GYN Faculty, and William Gist, MD, Program Director (also Patricia Bush, PhD)
  • Orthopaedic Surgery:  Rob Quigley, MD, and Wendell Moses, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty
  • Pediatrics:  Alan Kohrt, MD, Chair, Department of Pediatrics (and Assistant Dean for Faculty Development effective July 1, 2018) (also Patricia Bush, PhD)
  • 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 Executive Nursing Officer
  • R. Bruce Shack, MD, Dean 
  • Robert Fore, EdD, Associate Dean/DIO 
  • Mike Bettinger, Director, Erlanger Process Improvement Officer
  • Debbie Shepherd, Erlanger  Enterprise Safety Officer
  • Mukta Panda, MD, Assistant Dean for Wellness and Medical Student Education

We will be 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 6/7/2018



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