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University of South Alabama Health System

USA Sponsors AAMC Teaching for Quality (Te4Q) Workshop

As described by the AAMC, the goal of the Teaching for Quality (Te4Q) program is to provide faculty development on “how to effectively teach quality improvement and patient safety (QI/PS) to medical students, residents, and other clinicians. By training clinical faculty how to integrate QI/PS across the continuum of medical education, Te4Q ensures that QI/PS is a part of medical education from day one.

The purpose of this workshop was to facilitate the development of interdisciplinary quality improvement educational projects, meaning that physicians from several specialties would join together to teach quality improvement techniques, using a patient care quality improvement project as the vehicle. Participants were chosen to represent as many departments in the College of Medicine and were selected based on demonstrated interest in medical education and quality improvement in healthcare and included clinical faculty, basic sciences faculty and quality improvement staff from USA Medical Center and USA Children's & Women's Hospital.

Dr. Dave Davis, AAMC Te4Q Director, guided participants through a series of educational and interactive sessions as participants worked toward creating the QI education project. The participants learned how to structure their projects and given time to work as a group to refine their projects. This was a faculty development workshop teaching medical educators how to teach quality improvement to students in the USA College of Medicine and residents & fellows in the USA Graduate Medical Education programs. Many faculty members do not have significant experience in this area; so, there were pre-workshop readiness preparations which began in April to ensure participants understood the basics of quality improvement.

The Te4Q workshop built on that foundation by getting medical educators from virtually every department in the USA Health System in one place. Five educator teams were developed that will amplify the impact of the workshop as these teams take what they have developed and implement it into the clinical learning environment. A follow-up presentation session will be scheduled in January or February for the teams to report on the outcomes of their projects. The event was a tremendous success. The meeting was held at the USA Biomedical Library with near 100% attendance of anticipated faculty participants. Faculty members were so engaged that discussions carried over into mealtimes during the workshop and into the parking lot after conclusion of the meeting.


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USA Surgery Hosts Greater Gulf Coast Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Symposium

The University of South Alabama Department of Surgery hosted the 6th annual Greater Gulf Coast Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Symposium on April 9-10, 2015, at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Ala. The event had approximately 150 attendees. This year’s symposium included updates on trauma, emergency surgery and critical care issues.  The 8th annual William A. L. Mitchell Endowed Lectureship in Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care was held in conjunction with the seminar. This year’s lecture featured internationally recognized trauma surgeon Dr. Thomas Scalea. Dr. Scalea is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the Baltimore area, including the University of Maryland Medical Center and Veterans affairs Maryland Health Care System-Baltimore Division. View more photos from the event here.


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February 24, 2015

Dr. Di Palma Recognized with ACG Master Award

Dr. Jack A. Di Palma, director of the University of South Alabama Digestive Health Center and professor of internal medicine at the USA College of Medicine, was awarded a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). Dr. Di Palma has been an active member in the American College of Gastroenterology for nearly two decades. He began his role as an ACG trustee in 1996, and continued to move up through various leadership roles by serving as a member of the ACG executive committee from 2001 to 2007. From 2005 to 2006 Dr. Di Palma served as ACG president. Most recently, in 2013, Dr. Di Palma was an honoree of the Samuel S. Weiss Award. The Weiss award is given to those who have provided outstanding service to the college. See more...


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October 14, 2014
University of South Alabama Health System

USAMC Prepares for Possible Ebola Patients

Nurses, doctors and other employees at the University of South Alabama Medical Center on Tuesday were gearing up and getting prepared for the possibility of treating an Ebola patient. "There's a lot of anxiety and concern -- and really fear -- for healthcare workers," said Teresa Aikens, nurse manager of infection control and employee health at USAMC. "This is an unknown for us in the United States." In response USAMC is mandating additional training to educate everyone in the hospital on Ebola. The virus will be prominently featured during the hospital's upcoming, and mandatory, safety fair, Aikens said. See more...


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