Scientific Symposium

The Scientific Symposium is an all-day event that takes place in conjunction with the IHI National Forum on Monday, December 5, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, USA.
 
Every year, the Scientific Symposium attracts the best work in the science of health and health care improvement. We aim to foster dialog and shared learning among participants. The day features keynote speakers, rapid-fire presentations of peer-reviewed papers, interactive methods sessions, and networking.

The 2016 Scientif​ic Symposium will take place at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center located at 6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746.

At this event, attendees will:
  • Interact with colleagues and share what has been learned from applying scientific methods to health and health care improvement
  • Discuss challenges in applying and disseminating scientific approaches to health and health care improvement
  • Create a common understanding of how to apply scientific methods to improve health and health care

Abstract and Posters Announced

Please click here to see title and presenter information for abstracts that have been accepted for oral and poster presentation.

This year, we are collaborating with the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and oral abstracts are eligible for publication in the upcoming edition of BMJ Quality & Safety.

BMJQS logo.jpg 


Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Dr.M.jpgRishi Manchanda, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer of The Wonderful Company and President & Founder of HealthBegins is helping to transform healthcare by focusing on social and environmental factors for sources of health problems. He is dedicated to treating underserved communities and he founded "Health Begins" that helps deliver better care for those with social needs.

Method Sessions

SSelk.jpgPat Heinrich OG.jpegUsing a Health Equity Lens to Inform Quality Improvement Methods
: Sabrina Selk, ScD, Associate Director, and Pat Heinrich, RN, BSN, MSN, Executive Project Director at National Institute for Children's Health Quality, will discuss concrete steps to apply a health equity lens to project development in order to bring us closer to achieving our aim of the best possible outcomes for all patients and communities.

PBarker.jpgADasgupta.jpgAre you Ready for Scale-up?: Pierre Barker, MD, MBChB, Chief Global Partnerships and Programs Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and Amrita Dasgupta, MPH, Research Associate, IHI will introduce an iterative Scale-up framework to participants, and engage them in interactive activities to understand the readiness of themselves and their partners, in order to develop a tailored scale-up plan for an improvement initiative.

GOgrinc.jpgLDavies.jpgDGoodman.jpgWriting and Publishing QI using the SQUIRE 2.0 Guidelines: Greg Ogrinc, MD, MS, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, Interim and Associate Professor of Medicine and of The Dartmouth Institute, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; Louise Davies, MD, MS, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery – Otolaryngology and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; and Daisy Goodman, CNM, DNP, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of The Dartmouth Institute, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth will share the key components of the updated SQUIRE framework – rationale/theory, describing context, and studying the intervention – that are needed for strong QI reporting in healthcare literature.

ramaswamy.jpgSimulation Models to Develop Tests of Change in Improvement Science: Rohit Ramaswamy, PhD, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor at the Public Health Leadership Program, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will provide QI practitioners with tools to document and visualize complex systems and demonstrate how systems can be analyzed using simulation models.

Special Lunchtime Session

MRashadMassoud.jpgFinal-Lunch-Session.jpgThe Sound of Improvement: Insights from the Salzburg Global Seminar on Learning in Healthcare Improvement Initiatives: M. Rashad Massoud, MD, MPH, FACP, Director, Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, and Leighann Kimble, Healthcare Improvement Fellow at the Quality & Performance Institute will share insights on learning from the recent Salzburg Global Seminar Session 565, “Better Health Care: How do we learn about improvement?” The session is designed for interaction, questions, and comments.

 

Agenda

​Time​ ​Session Description
​8:30 - 9:00 am Registration
9:00 – 9:30 am​ Welcome and Overview
9:30 - 10:30 am​ Keynote

Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer of The Wonderful Company and President & Founder of HealthBegins
10:30 - 10:40 am​ Break and Transition to Rooms
10:40 - 12:00 pm​ Parallel Abstract Presentations Session A

View the presentations for session A here
12:00 - 1:00 pm​

Lunch and Lunch Session

The Sound of Improvement: Insights from the Salzburg Global Seminar on Learning in Healthcare Improvement Initiatives: M. Rashad Massoud, MD, MPH, FACP, Director, Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, and Leighann Kimble, Healthcare Improvement Fellow at the Quality & Performance Institute

​1:00 - 2:15 pm

Method Sessions 

Using a Health Equity Lens to Inform Quality Improvement Methods: Sabrina Selk, ScD, Associate Director, and Patricia Finnerty, MSc, Improvement Advisor at National Institute for Children's Health Quality

Are you Ready for Scale-up?: Pierre Barker, MD, MBChB, Chief Global Partnerships and Programs Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and Amrita Dasgupta, MPH, Research Associate, IHI

Writing and Publishing QI using the SQUIRE 2.0 Guidelines: Greg Ogrinc, MD, MS, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, Interim and Associate Professor of Medicine and of The Dartmouth Institute, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; Louise Davies, MD, MS, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery – Otolaryngology and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; and Daisy Goodman, CNM, DNP, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of The Dartmouth Institute, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
 
Simulation Models to Develop Tests of Change in Improvement Science: Rohit Ramaswamy, PhD, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor at the Public Health Leadership Program, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

​2:15 - 3:15 pm Posters and Poster Tour
​3:15 - 4:35 pm Parallel Abstract Presentations Session B
View the presentations for session B here
4:35 - 4:45 pm​ Close and Abstract Awards

 

Who Should Attend

Individuals interested in applying scientific methods to improvement in health care are encouraged to attend, such as:
  • Improvement, Implementation, or Health Care Delivery Scientists
  • Health and Health Care Professionals
  • Social Scientists
  • Clinical and Health Services Researchers
  • Evaluators
  • Systems Engineers
  • Academics
  • Improvement Advisors
  • Students and scholars seeking to forge a career in quality improvement
  • Other professionals concerned with the rigor and credibility of their improvement work
     

Fees

  • Regular fee: $375
  • Oral presenters: $320
 

FAQs

How will IHI use the content of my abstract and any supporting materials? Will it be publicly accessible?

IHI will never share your abstract content, contact information, or supporting documents without your explicit consent. When submitting your abstract, we ask for three kinds of permission:

The first, indicated by accepting our Terms of Use and Terms of Publication, gives IHI permission to do two things. One, to host materials on our website. This does not grant visibility to anyone outside of the Symposium staff. It is a necessary step to authorize IHI to retain the materials for abstract storage, categorization, and review. And two, it authorizes IHI to share only the submitter’s abstract title, and the identified key presenters’ name and organization. This is to make the information part of our Symposium agenda, and all submitters must grant this type of permission.

The second type of permissions are additional permissions which submitters are free to consent to or decline. These permissions concern access to abstract content, and submitters have the choice to permit IHI to share the key presenter’s email address, and/or abstract content, and/or subsequent presentation materials with 2016 Scientific Symposium attendees only. The exact language can be found on the abstract submission page.

The third type of permissions are for those who want their abstract to be published in the BMJ if selected. The author of those selected abstracts must read BMJ’s terms and conditions located here to determine if they are comfortable with publication. A follow-up email to selected authors will provide additional details as well. Note: Declining publication does not exclude you from being included in the Symposium.

What’s the difference between the Scientific Symposium and the National Forum?

The Scientific Symposium is an annual event held during IHI's National Forum. Many of our National Forum attendees also choose to attend the Scientific Symposium, and vice versa. The Symposium differs in that we focus specifically on the science of health and health care improvement by highlighting research and methods.

Do I need to register for the National Forum to attend the Scientific Symposium?

You are not required to register for the National Forum to attend the Symposium. Attendees may register for the Symposium and the National Forum through the same portal, accessible on the upper-right hand side of this page. If you would like only to attend the Scientific Symposium, $375, is all you are expected to pay. Should you decide to amend your registration after already enrolling for a National Forum-related offering, follow these steps:


1. Go to www.ihi.org and log in at the top of the screen


2. Click on "My IHI"


3. Click on "My Enrollments and Certificates"


4. Click on "Manage Order" under 28th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care


5. Click the blue "View and Edit Order" box


6. On the next screen, under the "Selected Items" box, click on the blue "Edit" button


7.  On the next screen, you can select sessions from a list or input them manually


8. Click "Next Step" once finished selecting sessions, and then "Checkout"


9. Be sure to hit "Commit Changes" before exiting the browser to ensure that your changes are saved.


What’s the difference between an IHI storyboard and a poster?

The IHI Annual National Forum uses "storyboards" to share participants' experiences and learning with other National Forum attendees. These storyboards are not used at the Scientific Symposium. The main distinction is that the posters at the Scientific Symposium focus specifically on improvement research and require an abstract submission that follows the following format: Background, objectives, methods, results, conclusions and implications. After submitting an abstract, some are selected for oral presentation and some for poster presentation. You may submit an abstract both for a poster at the Scientific Symposium and for a storyboard at the National Forum. Poster specifications for the Symposium will be distributed to those selected for poster presentations.

What’s the difference between an oral presentation and a poster presentation?

Oral presentations are assigned fifteen minute presentation slots with five minutes of questions. Poster presenters discuss their work with Symposium attendees during the poster session.

I am a… (Presenter, Keynote, etc.) How do I select my discount?

If you are an oral presenter, you will need to enroll under the regular rate, and the discount will be applied by a Symposium Staff member after the enrollment is confirmed. Additionally, you should have received instructions in your confirmation email about the application of your discount. If you did not receive these instructions, or if you have any questions, please contact scientificsymposium@ihi.org.

What are the terms behind BMJ publication?

As noted above, the opportunity for publication within the BMJ Quality and Safety journal is open to selected abstracts. The authors of those selected abstracts must read the BMJ’s terms and conditions located here to determine if they are comfortable with publication. A follow-up email to selected authors will provided additional details as well. Note: Declining publication does not exclude you from being included in the Symposium.

Questions?

Please contact scientificsymposium@ihi.org. It would be our pleasure to assist you and answer any questions you may have.​​​​​​​​​​​​