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WesternU to hold Interprofessional Patient Safety and Quality Conference

by Rodney Tanaka

July 17, 2013

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Western University of Health Sciences will hold its second annual Interprofessional Patient Safety and Quality Conference on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 in WesternU’s Health Education Center, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.

The conference is sponsored by the College of Graduate Nursing, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, and the College of Pharmacy.

“Collaboration is key. WesternU is well ahead of the curve. We’ve been practicing what we preach,” said conference curriculum chair Jan Boller, PhD, RN, College of Graduate Nursing associate professor and The Fletcher Jones Foundation Endowed Chair for Nursing Quality and Safety. “Medical errors are the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S., ahead of many cancers, heart disease and trauma. We’ve got to get on top of it now. We have to adopt what is known to work.”

The conference’s keynote speakers will be:

Charles R. Denham, MD, Founder and Chairman of the Texas Medical Institute of Technology (TMIT), CEO and Founder of the HCC Corporation, and Chairman of the Safe Practices Program of the Leapfrog Group. He also serves in the capacity of R&D Leadership for NQF Safe Practices for Better Healthcare.

Elisabeth Guenther, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah, who is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. In July 2013, she will join WesternU’s COMP-Northwest faculty in Lebanon, Ore.

Andrew S. Pumerantz, DO, FACP, Executive Director of the Western Diabetes Institute (WDI) and Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives at WesternU, in addition to his roles as Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Division Chief of Infectious Disease in the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.

Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She is also a Virginia Henderson Fellow with Sigma Theta Tau (The Honor Society for Nursing), and the Co-Investigator for Quality and Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN).

Tom Wolff, PhD, nationally recognized consultant on coalition building and community development, with more than 30 years of experience training and consulting with individuals, organizations and communities across North America.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a hosted reception and poster session from 5-6 p.m. Registration is $85, or $70 for students. Email to obtain the student registration code.

To register, please visit Registration must be received by Aug.1, 2013. Lunch will be provided. For more information, email

The conference will also feature poster presentations on innovative and practical ideas in quality and safety clinical practice, research, education and interprofessional collaboration, that can be used in a variety of settings to include primary care, hospital, community clinic, school-based clinic, home, military, and health care industry.

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