Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change

I recently had the opportunity to attend a University Learning and Development 2-Day training seminar based on the book, Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change.  [ Amazon link to purchase ] As part of an ongoing effort to provide training, the University of Iowa offers some funds for professional development for staff members to…

Strategic Plan

As part of our academic mission, the College of Medicine charges each department with creating and sustaining a self study improvement plan to advance goals and recognized deficiencies. To date, we’ve invested months into the pre-work stages including: outside consultants, focus groups, survey work and large group meetings necessary to identify direction in our proposed…

The Best Gift You Can Give

The best gift you can give someone is your time.  Because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life you can never get back. — Anonymous Quote Each year, I’d like to take the chance and reflect on gifts during the season of giving, here is the first such annual…

Poster-ized!

With the 2018 IHI National Forum complete, [IHI National Forum], we thought we’d talk about the poster we submitted and presented in Orlando this year.  You can read up on the process, but the poster presentation allows small scale focus on solution building on a large variety of health care topics at a glance.   This…

IHI National Forum – Day 3

This week is the IHI National Forum in Orlando, Florida. ( IHI.org ) As we have representatives traveling from The University of Iowa, please enjoy lots of updates this week as we highlight all the action! If you’re attending, email us and we’ll be sure to get a picture with you at the event! Otherwise…

IHI National Forum – Day 2

This week is the IHI National Forum in Orlando, Florida. ( IHI.org ) As we have representatives traveling from The University of Iowa, please enjoy lots of updates this week as we highlight all the action! If you’re attending, email us and we’ll be sure to get a picture with you at the event! Otherwise…

IHI National Forum – Day 1

This week is the IHI National Forum in Orlando, Florida. ( IHI.org ) As we have representatives traveling from The University of Iowa, please enjoy lots of updates this week as we highlight all the action! If you’re attending, email us and we’ll be sure to get a picture with you at the event! Otherwise…

IHI National Forum Week – Travel Day

This week is the IHI National Forum in Orlando, Florida. ( IHI.org ) As we have representatives traveling from The University of Iowa, please enjoy lots of updates this week as we highlight all the action! If you’re attending, email us and we’ll be sure to get a picture with you at the event! Otherwise…

Intern Safety and Quality Training

Each summer, our department begins a monumental task of transitioning staff members. There is always staff departing, new staff starting; but we spend the most time and effort on the next generation of anesthesia practitioners.  At an academic institution, the summer months mean that some of our graduating fellows and residents will move out into…

2018 Quality and Safety Symposium Highlights

This week I thought I’d share some highlights of the university’s 2018 Quality and Safety Symposium.   Each year, as sponsored through the College of Medicine, medical departments, researchers and staff, all assemble to discuss the advancements in quality and safety being put in place through the University of Iowa Health Care system.  It’s a fantastic,…