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November 13, 2013
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Meet the Winner of the 2013 David Calkins Memorial Scholarship
 -- and Read his Essay

David_Calkins.jpgJoin us in congratulating Brandon Lynch, a public health student at Oregon Health and Science University, for winning the 2013 David Calkins Memorial Scholarship. Lynch’s winning essay — about his work helping to improve his hospital’s Hepatitis B vaccine birth dose rate — earns him a free trip to next month’s National Forum. IHI awards the scholarship, which remembers David Calkins, a former IHI fellow and health improvement champion, annually to one full-time health profession student. Read Lynch’s full essay here

Orlando Health Promotes Education with a Challenge

Dr. Thomas Kelley, Chief Quality Officer at Orlando Health’s South Seminole Hospital, wanted to entice his physicians and other staff to complete the IHI Open School courses. He knew it was important for them to learn about patient safety, quality improvement, and leadership — but he also knew that their schedules were demanding. His solution? The 2013 South Seminole IHI Open School Challenge.

Read more about the Challenge and how employees at Orlando Health are learning from the IHI Open School courses.

What We’re Reading: ‘Third-Year Medical School: Deciding on Your Specialty’

What should go into choosing a medical specialty? In an amusing blog post from The Doctor’s Tablet, an assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine shares some advice based on her own journey to success and happiness. First, try to put your passion for a certain organ system aside. (“Very few people go into medicine really wanting to talk just about the liver all day,” she says.) Instead, focus on your personal preferences and temperament. Then, assuming you’re a nerd (her words!), you can make a helpful graph like she did here.

Community Updates

We’re getting ready for the National Forum...are you?

BlueshirtForumIHI staff — whose daily roles include research, marketing, finance, operations, and more — are preparing for their transformation into IHI Blue Shirts. Blue Shirts staff IHI’s biggest event — our annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care — where they do their best to give attendees an exceptional experience. Watch IHI employees put their blue shirt training to use to make a collective impact in the office in this 2-minute video.

Will you be joining IHI Blue Shirts at the National Forum this year? There are only 2 days left to apply for an academic scholarship and/or submit a student storyboard proposal to present your work at the conference. Click here to learn more about special student, resident, and faculty programming at the Forum and get your applications and proposals in by the November 15 deadline! 

Radio Rounds: Free Webcast with IHI Senior Fellow Steve Spear

Steven_SpearRadio Rounds, a free weekly medical radio talk show run by students from Wright State University, interviewed IHI Senior Fellow Steve Spear, author of The High Velocity Edge, for a four-part series on Spear’s thoughts on medicine, modern health care, and the importance of improving what we do. In part one of the series, available now, Spear discusses a critical moment in medicine: the patient hand-off. Listen to the 15-minute interview on, or download it on iTunes for free.

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