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." 

HQS featured in "Shaping the Future of Healthcare" interview

"Shaping the Future of Healthcare" interview"Shaping the Future of Healthcare" interviewThe May 2014 "Shaping the Future of Healthcare" interview series takes a look at the new UAB Healthcare Quality and Safety Graduate Certificate.

UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones interviewed Donna Slovensky, Ph.D., HQS Administrative Director and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs; and Scott Buchalter, M.D., HQS Medical Director and Vice President Chief Strategy & Quality Officer, UAB Health Systems.

WATCH THE INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-cy8TFmy5k

The HQS program is a unique, multidisciplinary approach to the analysis and solution of complex problems. The program prepares clinical and administrative professionals to deploy quality- and safety-focused strategies for their organization.

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Loring Rue, HQS alum, named a CMO to Know

loring rue Loring Rue, M.D., UAB Hospital’s chief patient safety and clinical effectiveness officer, is included on Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know.”

Rue, a graduate of the inaugural class of the SHP Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety program, is the chief of the section of Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care in the Department of Surgery.

Individuals are chosen based on their experience in overseeing medical and quality affairs and a demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement in safety and quality.

The CMOs, CMIOs, physicians-in-chief and their equivalents have contributed to excellence at their respective institutions, according to an award announcement on Becker’s website.

*Original story written by Bob Shepard