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UTRGV School of Medicine graduates second cohort of safety and effectiveness course

HARLINGEN, TEXAS, JANUARY 13, 2017 —The second cohort of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s Clinical Safety and Effectiveness (CS&E) Course graduated Friday, January 13, during an event at the Harlingen Campus.

The course trains UTRGV School of Medicine faculty members on basic Quality Improvement (QI) principles, including interpreting data and learning process improvement.

The nine participants of Cohort #19 — one School of Medicine faculty member and eight medical faculty currently training residents at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, McAllen Medical Center and Valley Baptist Medical Center — spent the past six months learning how to improve the way healthcare professionals treat patients in order to ensure better outcomes for those patients and prevent errors in the delivery of care.

The University of Texas System offers the training program at its institutions to medical faculty and staff. This cohort is the second one under UTRGV. Faculty hired at the School of Medicine before UTRGV was created received the training through The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, said Matiana Gonzalez-Wright, Ed.D. Assistant Professor and Director of Quality Assurance for the UTRGV School of Medicine. Those who undergo the training receive continuing medical education credits, she said.

Graduates of the second UTRGV cohort shared their research projects at a graduation celebration at the Harlingen Clinical Education Building Library. Topics included:

  1. Implementation of an Immediate Postpartum Long Active Reversible Contraception (IPP LARC) Programby Saul D. Rivas, M.D., M.S.P.H. and by Kyle A. Biggs, D.O.both from Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance

  2. Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates at the UTRGV Student Health Services
    by Michelle Zeager, D.O., M.P.H., F.A.A.P. from the School Of Medicine Pediatrics
    by Marsha R. Griffin, M.D. from the School Of Medicine Pediatrics
    by Cristel Escalona, M.D., F.A.A.P. from the School Of Medicine Pediatrics
    by Christine Degnon, M.D. from the School Of Medicine Family & Preventive Medicine

  3. Current Practices on Inpatient Glycemic Control: The Legacy and Insanity of Sliding Scale Insulin
    by Carlos T. Ramos Jr., M.D. from Valley Baptist Medical Center - Harlingen

  4. A Quality Improvement Approach Toward a Culture of Wellness
    by Janani Krishnaswami, M.D, M.P.H. from Doctors’ Hospital at Renaissance
    by Leslie Allison, M.S. from the McAllen Family Medicine Residency

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