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Scientific Symposium


​The Scientific Symposium is an all-day event that takes place during the Pre-Conference of the the IHI National Forum on Monday, December 9, 2019, in Orlando, Florida, USA.
It 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.
Attend the Scientific Symposium to:
  • 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
​​Method Session​s

​​​​Use SQUIRE Publication Guidelines to help you publish your QI work
G​regory Ogrinc, MD, MS;
Geisel Scho​ol of Medicine at Dartmouth​
David P. Stevens, MD;
BMJ Quality and Safety​
This interactive session is anchored in the principal that your unique healthcare improvement work is incomplete until it is published. Publication is how you spread your innovative work broadly for the benefit of other patients and health systems. The session offers practical applications of the SQUIRE 2.0 Publication Guidelines ( to get started or to strengthen your paper. In this regard, the presenters explore how to approach the description of a clear rationale for your initiative, the explanation of the central role of context in your success, and the evidence that underlies your improvement outcomes. They also emphasize the importance of writing for your specific reader, and how this can help focus your writing process as well as provide you guidance for selecting the most appropriate journal for your publication.

Learning Objectives
  • Employ SQUIRE 2.0 Publication Guidelines to craft a strong, interesting and valid manuscript
  • Identify a strategy for you to focus on your intended reader
  • Learn how to align SQUIRE and your identified reader to facilitate your journal submission process​​ ​

Practical Approaches to Addressing Overmeasurement in Healthcare
Lucy Savitz;
Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii​
Don Goldmann;
Institute for Healthcare Improvment
This session will review how to reduce measurement burden by measuring what matters for QI/safety, including assessment of improvement projects, adherence to best practices, and quality control. Panelists will describe the current state of measurement for  value-based payment, accreditation, and regulation, and outline strategies to address the multiplicity and  redundancy of imposed measures.​​
Learning Objectives
  • Understand the current state of measurement for value-based payment, accreditation and regulation
  • Develop approaches to deal with the multiplicity and redundancy of imposed measures​
  • Develop approaches to reducing overmeasurement by focusing on “measuring what matters” for QI and safety, including elimination of redundant measures, using temporary measures to assess QI/safety projects, and “retiring” measures to QC when stable improvement has been achieved.

Research that Resonates​​ ​
Mark Dessauer, MA
Spitfire Strategies​
​ ​This session will provide an overview of how research can be packaged and disseminated for a more strategic impact. This research methods session will help participants consider the “4 Ps” (purpose, people, package and planning) when planning research that requires outreach to engage the right people.  The session will teach participants the best practices for sharing research for maximum impact: who participants need to engage to bolster credibility; how to package research for maximum effort and plan an appropriate rollout; and how to prioritize communication among numerous research projects. Participants would bring an upcoming research project to develop a plan during the session.
Learning Objectives
  • Participants will identify key audiences for the research dissemination. They will determine influencers and champions to build the credibility of their research and which group will be most effective with their specific audience for the research.
  • Participants will be able to assess their communication capacity and strengthen their ability to plan and disseminate their research to the most important audiences.
  • Participants will develop the main messaging points they want to make when releasing their research.  They will identify which stories and communication vehicles can best magnify those points.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lisa Hirschhorn

Hirschhorn-Headshot-200x200.jpg​​​Lisa Hirschhorn, MD
Professor of Medical Social Science and Psychiatry and Behavioral Health;
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Medical School;
Senior Director for Implementation and Improvement Science;
Last Mile Health
Dr. Lisa Hirschhorn is Professor of Medical Social Science and Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Medical School and Senior Director for Implementation and Improvement Science at Last Mile Health.
Her current work includes using implementation research to measure and improve quality and effectiveness of care in the US and countries in Africa including primary care and maternal and child health. She is co-PI on a BMGF-funded project to studying LMIC’s who successfully dropped U5M, NIH-funded capacity building grant for patient-centered outcomes research in Tanzania and as implementation scientist on grants for a CHW-delivered intervention to improve hypertension treatment in Nigeria and work to measure quality of CHW work in Liberia.


Monday, December 9, 2019​​ ​​
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM​
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
9:30 AM – 9:40 AM​
9:40 AM – 11:00 AM​

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM​
​12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
​12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
​2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
​2:15 PM – 3:35 PM

3:35 PM​ – 3:45 PM​

5:45 PM​ – 6:45​​ PM

Welcome and Overview

Keynote Presentation

Break and Transition to Rooms

Abstract Presentations
Session A

Posters and Poster Tour


Method Sessions​

Break and Transition to Rooms

Abstract Presentations
Session B

Close and Abstract Awards​​

Pre-Conference Keynote​:

Abby Wambach
Soccer Champion,
Olympic Gold Medalist &
World Cup Champion,
Activist for Gender Equality

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

CE Credits

Available credits for Scientific Symposium are currently under evaluation and expected in October 2019. The 2018 edition offered a maximum of 6 credits for physicians, and pharmacists


Regular Fee

Oral Presenters
Poster Presenter