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The Centre held its seventh annual symposium at the Fairmont Royal York on October 8th, 2015. The keynote, Mary Dixon-Woods, Professor of Medical Sociology and director of the SAPPHIRE group, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, UK, and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety explored challenges in both studying and improving patient safety including why some well-intentioned efforts to model other industries have foundered and why quality improvement efforts have the potential both to help and to hinder safety. Mary alongside Prof. Adalsteinn Brown, Director of IHPME moderated the CEO Panel discussion by Dr. Michael Apkon, CEO of SickKids and Dr. Peter Pisters, CEO of University Health Network sharing their hospitals’ venture into a renewed approach to patient safety, focusing on safety culture and methods of High Reliability Organizations. Locally, we learned how to improve our ability to learn from patient safety incidents by Dr. Brian Wong, Director of Continuing Education and Quality Improvemen at UofT Department of Medicine and Associate Director of the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, University of Toronto.

C-QuIPS welcomed submissions for ongoing or completed quality improvement initiatives and research focusing on patient safety and quality improvement for our Symposium on Thursday, October 8th, 2015. Abstracts selected by the Review Committee were displayed in a prominent location at the symposium and can be viewed at the following link.

7:45AM – 8:15AM       Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:15AM – 8:30AM       Welcome and Introduction
8:30AM – 9:30AM       Keynote Session: Tales of the expected and unexpected: explaining why patient safety is so hard.
• Mary Dixon-Woods BA, DipStat, MSc, DPhil, Professor of Medical Sociology and director of the SAPPHIRE
group, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, UK, and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of
BMJ Quality and Safety
9:30AM – 10:30AM     Hospital CEO Panel: Journey to High Reliability
• Michael Apkon MD, MBA, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hospital for Sick Children
• Peter Pisters MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, University Health Network
10:30AM – 11:00AM   Break and Poster Viewing
11:00AM – 12:30PM   Breakout Sessions
101 Frontline ownership to engage and enable frontline staff in improvement efforts
• Michael Gardam MD, MSc, CM, CIC, FRCPC
102 Change management strategies: lessons from a urinary catheter initiative
• Carla Corpus RN, BScN, CIC, Barbara Catt RN, BScN, CIC, MEd Mahsa Sadegi, RN MSc QIPS,
Diana Beckford RN, BScN, Jerome Leis MD, MSc, FRCPC
103 Turning wrong into right: An interactive session on patient safety incident analysis
• Amir Ginzburg MD, FRCPC
104 Achieving quality through informatics: Tips and pitfalls
• Trevor Jamieson MD, FRCPC, Sam Sabbah MD, MSc, FRCPC
105 Leveraging Interactive Learning for Practice & Patient Care Improvements: Insights
from PERFORM KT Initiative
• Lianne Jeffs PhD, MSc, BScN, RN
106 Local research in quality improvement and patient safety
• Presenters: Cecilia Santiago RN, MN, CNCC(C), Murray Krock RN, BScN, MSe Bhattish, MD,
Ilana Halperin, MD MSc FRCPC, Chris Hayes, MD MSc MEd
12:30PM – 1:30PM     Lunch and Poster Viewing
1:30PM – 2:15PM       Plenary: Can we improve our ability to learn from patient safety incidents?
• Brian Wong MD, FRCPC, Staff Physician, Division of General Internal Medicine; Assistant Professor,
Department of Medicine; Director, Continuing Education & Quality Improvement; Associate Director, Centre for
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (C-QuIPS), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto
2:15PM – 3:00PM       Facilitated Poster Viewing
3:00PM – 4:00PM       Hot Topics 
• Kaveh Shojania MD, Director, U of T C-QuIPS
• Trey Coffey
MD, Associate Director, U of T C-QuIPS
4:00PM – 4:15PM       Wrap up and Poster Awards

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