Preconference Introductory Course: Starting Your Journey to Diagnostic Excellence (Additional Fee Required)

Sunday, July 2

Additional fee and registration required

  • Preconference - (Early) -  € 50
  • Preconference - (Regular) - € 61

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The field of diagnostic safety has significantly matured over the last decade. This interactive workshop will offer learners with an interest in improving diagnostic quality and safety with an immersive experience on the topic. It will include an overview of diagnostic error and its cognitive and system-related contributing factors, approaches to understand it, how to identify diagnostic errors in clinical practice, how health care organizations can measure and learn from diagnostic errors, and what potential interventions can be used to tackle them in order to achieve diagnostic excellence.

The session will include interactive breakouts and rich discussion that will break down the complexity of the topic and provide pragmatic paths forward to learners of all types.

Presented by three of the founding leaders in this field, the session has the following objectives:

  1. Describe the origins of various types of diagnostic errors in medicine, including systems and cognitive contributory factors
  2. Understand how to measure diagnostic safety within a learning health system environment
  3. Apply frameworks and approaches to mitigate diagnostic error and achieve diagnostic excellence in your clinical practice and health care organizations
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    Laura Zwaan, PhD

    Laura Zwaan, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Erasmus MC
    Institute of Medicinal Education Research Rotterdam (iMERR)
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    Laura Zwaan, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Medical Education Research Rotterdam (iMERR) of the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. She is a cognitive psychologist and epidemiologist who dedicates her career to understanding and improving the diagnostic process. She is committed to create awareness for the topic of diagnostic error in medicine. Laura initiated the European Diagnostic Error in Medicine conferences and was the main organizer and chair of the 1st European conference in Rotterdam in 2016 and the co-chair for the conference in Bern, Switzerland (2018). Dr. Zwaan is an active member of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) and has been on the scientific committee for the Diagnostic Error in Medicine conferences for 8 years (2011-2018) and she served as the chair of the SIDM research committee (2015-2017).

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    Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH

    Chief, Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Program
    Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
    Houston, TX

    Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH, Co-Chief, Health Policy, Quality and Informatics Program, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston  Hardeep Singh, MD MPH is a Professor of Medicine at the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt) based at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He leads a portfolio of multidisciplinary patient safety research related to measurement and reduction of diagnostic errors in health care and improving the use health information technology. His research has informed several national and international patient safety initiatives and policy reports, including those by the National Academies, CDC, NQF, AMA, ACP, AHRQ, OECD and the WHO. He serves as a nominated member of National Academies' Board of Health Care Services and is an elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics for significant and sustained contributions to the field of biomedical informatics. His contributions include co-developing the "ONC SAFER Guides" which are CMS required guides that provide national recommendations for safe electronic health record use, co-chairing or participating on several national panels and workgroups on measuring or improving safety, and developing pragmatic resources to promote patient safety and diagnostic excellence in clinical practice. He has received several prestigious awards for his pioneering work, including the AcademyHealth Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award in 2012, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama in 2014, the VA Health System Impact Award in 2016 and the 2021 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement.

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    Mark Graber, MD, FACP

    Mark Graber, MD, FACP

    Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

    Dr. Graber is Professor Emeritus at Stony Brook University. He has an extensive background in biomedical and health services research, with over 150 peer-reviewed publications. He originated Patient Safety Awareness Week in 2002, an event now recognized internationally. He is the 2014 recipient of the John M Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality, awarded by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, the nation's top honor in the field of patient safety.    Dr. Graber has been a pioneer in efforts to address diagnostic errors in medicine, and his academic work in this area has been supported by the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. He convened and chaired the first Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference in 2008, and in 2011 he founded the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), and served as President from 2011 through 2018.