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10th Annual UC Davis Health Quality Forum

Ulfat Shaikh, M.D.UC Davis Health physician Ulfat Shaikh, M.D., MPH, M.S., chairs the UC Davis Annual Health Quality Forum. 

Launched in 2011, the UC Davis Annual Health Quality Forum seeks to improve population health through enhanced patient experiences and outcomes. This year's forum is on March 25, 2020 and celebrates a decade of engaging clinicians, trainees and students at UC Davis in lifelong learning and clinical quality improvement (QI). More than 300 clinicians, house staff, fellows and students at UC Davis Health participate in this event each year.

UC Davis Health physician Ulfat Shaikh, M.D., MPH, M.S., professor of pediatrics and director of health care quality, is one of the course chairs for the forum. In collaboration with the Office of Continuing Medical Education and course co-chair Frederick Meyers, M.D., professor of medicine and pathology and director of the Center for Precision Medicine and Data Science, Dr. Shaikh developed a program that highlights clinical practice improvement projects.

Q&A With Dr. Shaikh

Q: What makes the Annual UC Davis Health Quality Forum unique?

Since its inception, the Quality Forum has had an interprofessional focus and highlights the value of team-based care and collaboration in its selection of projects, topics and speakers. A special aspect of the Quality Forum is its role in highlighting our trainees’ participation in QI initiatives, through Graduate Medical Education High Value Competition awards funded by the UC Davis Health Office of Quality and Safety. Speakers and poster presenters are selected from abstracts submitted to the Quality Forum from all professional schools, programs and departments at UC Davis Health. At the time of its establishment, the UC Davis Health Quality Forum was well ahead of the curve locally, regionally and nationally in its emphasis on quality improvement in health care.

Q: How does this forum change from year to year?

A: The caliber of QI initiatives and the level of interprofessional work presented at the UC Davis Health Quality Forum has really evolved over the past decade. We integrated the use of the PechaKucha style of presentation into panel presentations at the event a couple of years ago. PechaKucha, Japanese for chit-chat, is a brisk presentation style that was developed in Tokyo as a way to share innovative concepts in a fast-paced format. Each six minute 40 second presentation consists of 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Slides in PechaKucha-style presentations run on automatic which ensures that presentations are compact and succinct, enhancing audience attention, knowledge retention, and the ability to accommodate multiple presenters within a short timeframe. Panel presentations are followed by a facilitated discussion that actively engages the audience. Participants report in their evaluations that they greatly enjoy this presentation style and that it keeps presentations “fresh,” “engaging,” and “memorable." The event culminates with a highly popular poster reception with approximately 60 posters presented each year by interprofessional teams of students, trainees and clinicians at UC Davis Health. The UC Davis Health Quality Forum is now streamed live on the Internet. 

Q: If there's one takeaway you want people to have from this forum, what is it?

A: Over the past decade, we have witnessed the ability of the UC Davis Health Quality Forum to develop and strengthen an interprofessional community of clinicians at UC Davis Health who practice lifelong learning and continual improvement.  For example, last year's Quality Forum represented projects conducted by dieticians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physicians, and physician assistants, as well as students and trainees in these professions. Topics highlighted included emergency department flow, diabetes care at federally qualified health centers, hospital-associated infections, and reducing waste and improving value in health care through team-based care. A key takeaway from the forum is the power of front-line clinicians to implement and lead system-level improvements in their own clinical settings, thereby making sure that patients at UC Davis Health receive the best care possible. 

Q: Why is it important to have this forum certified for continuing medical education (CME) credit?

A: Research demonstrates that education is necessary but not sufficient to achieve excellence in clinical care. Lifelong learning must be accompanied by active participation in the process of improving our quality of care and the health of populations we serve. The UC Davis Annual Healthcare Quality Forum fosters interprofessional education and lifelong learning in clinical practice improvement, thereby building a culture of quality at UC Davis Health. Providing the ability to earn CME credits by attending the forum validates this link between education, practice improvement and clinical outcomes.