HQS graduate to head Stanford’s Dept. of Surgery

MaryHawn200x300Mary Hawn, M.D., a recent graduate of the UAB Healthcare Quality and Safety Certificate program, has been appointed chair of the Department of Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Hawn, who had been at UAB since 2001, is a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the Annals of Surgery, the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and the American Journal of Surgery.
In an in-depth article about Hawn from Stanford Medicine’s News Center, Lloyd Minor, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, said:
“Dr. Hawn is an accomplished surgeon and health-services researcher with training in basic science research, making her uniquely poised to lead our world-class Surgery Department at Stanford Medicine. She is also passionately committed to training the next generation of surgeons and to imagining and pursuing the future of surgery.”

White-Williams earns 2015 Advanced Transplant Provider Award

Original story from UAB School of Nursing

white williams1Connie White-Williams, Ph.D.Connie White-Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of the Center for Nursing Excellence in University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital, has been selected by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the Advanced Transplant Provider (ATP) Committee to receive the 2015 Advanced Transplant Provider Award.

White-Williams earned her master of science in nursing and her PhD from the UAB School of Nursing and is an adjunct instructor for the School, teaching in the master's of science in nursing program. She is also a student in the UAB School of Health Professions Healthcare Quality and Safety program.

The Advanced Transplant Provider Award recognizes an individual's dedication to advancing clinical practice through translation of scientific information, development of standards and clinical mentoring. The award was presented during the Recognition Awards Presentation Ceremony and Reception Saturday, January 17, 2015.

The mission of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons is to advance the art and science of transplant surgery through leadership, advocacy, education and training.

Slovensky Co-Authors Book on Mobile Health Technologies

mHealth Cover PageDonna Slovensky, Ph.D., professor and associate dean, Academic and Student Affairs, UAB School of Health Professions, is the co-author of a new book on mobile health technologies. The book, mHealth: Transforming Healthcare, was published this month by Springer and covers the global impact of mobile health technologies.

“The idea that something as small as a mobile phone could revolutionize healthcare is mind boggling yet the devices keep getting smaller, faster, more powerful, and oftentimes less expensive,” said Slovensky, administrative director, Healthcare Quality and Safety Graduate Certificate. “As an industry driving a large segment of our economy, healthcare is an obvious direction for technology business development. Our interest was in looking at mHealth from the perspective of many stakeholders and identifying likely points of leverage and potential roadblocks to the widespread adoption required to achieve population health improvement.”


Patrician Receives AHI Healthcare Improvement Award

Original story from the UAB School of Nursing

NHSAThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing Nursing and Health Systems Administration (NHSA) program has received second place in the 2014 Duncan Neuhauser Curricular Innovation Award in Healthcare Improvement from the Academy for Healthcare Improvement (AHI).

Professor Pat Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, who is also a Quality Academy lecturer with the School of Health Professions Healthcare Quality and Safety Graduate Certificate, Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Rebecca S. Miltner, PhD, RN, CNL, NEA-BC, Martha Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE, and Assistant Professor Shea Polancich, PhD, RN, submitted their work on the program’s revised Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) advanced quality and patient safety courses, “Bridging the Theory-Practice Gap in Advanced Quality and Patient Safety Courses.”


HQS Board Member Creates Smartphone Game to Make Doctors Smarter

Kaizen Smartphone AppKaizen Smartphone AppJames Willig, M.D., a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety board member and a physician in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases, co-founded the Kaizen project. Kaizen, which is Japanese for "continuous improvement," is a Smartphone app that asks medical questions typically focused on either recent updates to medical guidelines or on the “zebras” (rare cases) of internal medicine.

A couple recent rulings by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's to limit the number of hours that residents could work inspired Willig and his co-creators to develop Kaizen. They felt teaching opportunities were being lost and “to adapt to the new realities of medical education, we have to teach in a different way,” Willig says. Kaizen has placed UAB at the forefront of a hot educational trend called “gamification” - in other words, it's a teaching experience in disguise.

The entire story, along with a Pop Quiz from the Kaizen app, is available on the UAB Magazine website. The story also includes a video they call "Kaizen: The Movie."