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October 15, 2014
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Aspiring Writers, We've Got a New and Improved Resource for You

Writing can be hard, and getting published can be even harder. That’s why we recently updated our list of journals where you can submit your writing. To make the list easier to navigate, we’ve organized the publications into three categories: journals that publish student work; second-tier journals, including many that focus on quality improvement; and top-tier journals. You might not be accepted to publish in BMJ just yet, but it never hurts to start reading and dreaming. Know any publications we should add? Shoot us an email to let us know!

New Massive Open Online Course on Health Care Quality Improvement

What is continuous improvement? How do systems affect patient outcomes? How can you take the lead in health care improvement? Learn (or brush up on) the tools of quality improvement in health care through a new massive open online course, Take the Lead on Healthcare Quality Improvement, offered by Case Western Reserve University on Coursera. The IHI Open School contributed to this course, which will take 5–7 hours of work per week for the next five weeks. Don’t wait to sign up here the course starts today!

What We’re Reading: Atul Gawande’s New Book, Being Mortal

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, spent three years researching his latest book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. As a surgeon, he was frustrated by his own inability to help patients navigate the end of life. By interviewing hundreds of people with experiences of dying or caring for the dying, he found two truths: first, medicine has failed to acknowledge people’s goals beyond prolonging life, and, second, the best way to identify those priorities is to ask. In an essay adapted from his book and published in The New York Times, he tells the story of how his daughter’s dying piano teacher was able to have “the best possible day.” Read the excerpt and join us at IHI’s 26th National Forum this December in Orlando, FL, to hear from Gawande, a bestselling author and staff writer for The New Yorker.

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What Makes a Chapter Successful? Find out on our Global Chapter Call

The IHI Open School will hold our next Global Chapter Call on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12 PM ET.

Join our Southeast Regional Leaders, Ashley Kay Childers and Kimberly Scott, as they discuss structures for Chapter leadership and meetings that can help you recruit members and keep your Chapter thriving from year to year. Chapter leaders from Duke University in North Carolina and Brighton and Sussex Medical School in England will also share their experiences leading Chapters.

Call-in information can be found in the Chapter section of the IHI Open School website, on the right side. Click here to download an iCalendar invitation with the date and call-in information. The Global Chapter calls are open to Chapters Leaders, Chapter members, and Faculty Advisors.

Please take a moment to update your Chapter contact information to make sure you receive information about Chapter events like this one

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