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Monthly conference calls feature educational presentations by faculty from different institutions, to guide implementation of value improvement projects. The schedule for 2017 includes:

May 17: Cardiac biomarker testing for suspected ACS Jeff Trost, MD

June 21: Best Practice for Transfusions (trigger & number of units) Steven M Frank, M.D.  Transfusion Guide Team

July 19: C Difficile (avoiding over-testing & over-treating) Clare Rock, M.B.B.Ch and C Difficile Guide Team

August 16: High value body CT for the ordering provider: patient and protocol selection  Pamela Johnson, MD

September 20: Achieving perfect practice for VTE thromboprophylaxis Brandyn Lau, MPH

October 18: AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use and topics in antibiotic stewardship:  Pranita D Tamma, M.D.& Sara Keller, MD, MPH, MSP

November 15: Preoperative testing Carol Peden, MB ChB, MD, MPH and the Preop Testing IG Team

January-June 2018 Conference Call Presentations 

  • January 17: Guest Speaker- Chris Moriates, MD
  • February 21: Innovative Educational Curricula- NYU, Hopkins & Crozer Chester
  • March 21: Optimizing vascular access- NYU, UTSW, Michigan, UT San Antonio
  • April 18: Operational meeting
  • May 16: Reducing daily labs- Implementation Guide Team
  • June 20: ERAS pathways, Michael Grant, MD, PhD
  • July 18: Welcome Future Leaders Program
  • August 15: Reducing sedatives in elderly patients, Christine Soong, U Toronto
  • September 19: Holiday
  • October 17: Reducing unnecessary proton pump inhibitors- UTSW, NYU, Icahn

Value Conversation Modules from Costs of Care Provide CME credit!

Discovering value based healthcare: interactive modules Interactive Learning Modules from Chris Moriates, Associate Dean for Healthcare Value, Dell Medical School

American College of Physicians online high value resources

CanMEDS Resource Stewardship Curriculum Toolkit Series Toolkits designed to help teach residents the foundations of resource stewardship. These free toolkits include things like modifiable power point slide decks, annotated bibliographies, how-to guides, etc.

One Minute Guides (OMG), a series of educational summaries from Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine High Value Care Committee


Understanding Value Based Healthcare by Christopher Moriates, Vineet Arora and Neel Shah

Value-driven outcomes model established by Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBA and others at the University of Utah: Implementation of a Value-Driven Outcomes Program to Identify High Variability in Clinical Costs and Outcomes and Association With Reduced Cost and Improved Quality

Transitioning to a High Value Health Care Model: Academic Accountability.


The IHI National Forum is a leading international conference dedicated to improving health care quality and safety. Learn more on their website

As stated on their website, the American College of Medical Quality’s mission is to provide leadership and education in healthcare quality management. Visit their website to learn about educational resources and programs for medical personnel interested in quality improvement.

 EQUIP: Excellence in QI certificate program. University of Toronto is offering an Excellence in Quality Improvement  Certificate Program (EQUIP) for trainees and faculty interested in an advanced QI training course with a focus on an academic QI career pathVisit their website for more information