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Meet a Regional Leader: Q&A with Ezequiel García Elorrio

By IHI Open School | Monday, November 2, 2015

The Open School network is growing — and our Regional Leaders are here to support your Chapter whether you’re a start-up or well-established.

What do Regional Leaders do? They’re long-time members of the Open School who can help Chapters on a one-to-one basis. Try them out when you have questions about planning events, finding resources in the Open School, connecting with other Chapters in your region, or brainstorming activities for your Chapter. To highlight the expertise of our Regional Leaders, we’re bringing you the "Meet a Regional Leader" series on this blog.

Today, we're featuring Ezequiel García Elorrio, Director of the Department of Health Care Quality and Safety at the Institute of Clinical and Health Effectiveness in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Say hello to Ezequiel at openschoollac@gmail.com.

OS: Why did you go into health care?

EGE: In Argentina, as in other low- and middle-income countries, being a doctor hasn’t always been a great career — physicians work long hours with scarce resources in a health system that is only beginning to address quality and safety — so it was not a popular profession. But the situation has been improving over the years, and so I decided to go into health care because I was interested in medical science, in how the health care system works, and in improving people’s lives.

OS: Why does quality improvement in health care matter to you?

EGE: Along the way, I have oriented my career more and more to quality improvement, in addition to working with patients. One reason is that I can’t stand waste, and luckily, this idea has been catching on in Argentina.

OS: What has been your best moment with the Open School community?  

EGE: As a Regional Leader, I had the opportunity to work with different Latin American Chapters, and for the last couple of years we have gotten to know each other through calls and emails. But last August, I had the opportunity to meet some of them at the Latin America Forum in Brazil. This was a really important moment for the quality and patient safety movements in Latin America.

OS: Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.

EGE: I have three kids — two of them are twins, and they drive me nuts! But I love them a lot, and because I travel a lot, I try to spend a lot of time with them when I’m around, going to soccer games and rock concerts with them. As the years gone by, I have come to love the outdoors, and for the next couple of years I would love to travel more around Asia. That would be incredible!

Ezequiel Garcia Ellorio regional leader

OS: What one piece of advice would you give a new Chapter?

EGE: In order to avoid losing your Chapter’s continuity, be sure to have a teacher or faculty advisor as a Chapter member. They are the key stakeholders to avoid a Chapter falling into inactivity. Aim high and be persistent.

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