The Quality Colloquim - The Leading Forum on Health Care Quality Enhancement and Medical Error Reduction

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The Healthcare Colloquium conference series addresses issues of healthcare policy and practice through executive courses offered at major academic institutions. The first Colloquium, which addressed the impact of the Internet on healthcare, took place at Harvard University in August of 2000. Subsequent Colloquia were held at Harvard on healthcare quality and medical error reduction in 2001 and healthcare privacy, data security and HIPAA in 2001 and 2002.

This special edition of the Colloquium will address the issues of patient safety, healthcare quality and medical errors reduction..

The Colloquium:

  • is held on major university campuses to facilitate the learning environment,
  • provides a unique approach to executive education in healthcare,
  • is intensive and limits capacity so that participants have access to the first rate faculty,
  • emphasizes networking opportunities with other participants, and
  • posts faculty materials and secondary source materials to the Colloquium web site.

The Topic:

This special edition of the Healthcare Colloquium Series provides a strategic road map for healthcare purchasers, plans and providers in their efforts to enhance patient safety, reduce medical errors and improve healthcare quality. The magnitude of the patient safety problem has been well documented by the Institute of Medicine and widely discussed. The Colloquium faculty of national and international experts will dig deeper into the underlying causes of these problems and articulate possible cures.

Many hospitals, clinics, health plans and others have launched a variety of initiatives to reduce medical errors and improve safety. Many such initiatives have enjoyed substantial success in reducing risks and enhancing the safety of patient care in these organizations. The Colloquium will feature case studies in successful efforts in safety improvement and will focus on presentations from organizations and individuals that have succeeded in reducing or eliminating risks to patients and improving the safety of their care.

Special Patient Safety Officer Training Session:

The Colloquium will feature a special patient safety officer training session sponsored by the Patient Safety Officer Society on Sunday, August 24, 2003, from 1 pm to 6 pm. This special session will be chaired by David Shulkin, MD, President, Patient Safety Officer Society, Chief Medical Officer, Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, Chief Quality Officer and Professor and Chairman, Department of Medicine, Drexel University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

The Setting:

Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, was established in 1636 by a vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and was named for its first benefactor, John Harvard of Charlestown, a young minister who upon his death in 1638, left his library and half of his estate to the new institution. Today, Harvard has grown to become a great undergraduate and graduate research University, with more than 18,000 degree candidates enrolled.


The Colloquium takes place on the campus of Harvard University. Morning, afternoon and evening classes are held in Annenberg Hall of the Saunders Theater Complex. Named in memory of Roger Annenberg, '62 and inspired by the great halls of Oxford and Cambridge Universities, this room is arguably the most impressive space at Harvard.

For years Harvard students took major examinations at Annenberg Hall. It has also been the site of many significant ceremonies. The great Henry James described Annenberg Hall in The Bostonian as "the great bristling brick Valhalla...that house of honor and hospitality which...dispenses...laurels to the dead and dinners to the living."


Sunday, August, 24 through Wednesday August 27, 2003. Registration begins on Sunday, August 24 from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 pm. The Colloquium commences on Sunday, August 24 at 1:00 pm and adjourns at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, August 27.

Interactive Discussion Groups:

The Colloquium luncheons in Annenberg Hall will be divided into tables of ten to twelve. This approach will enhance professional networking and interactive discussions of the topics addressed by the Colloquium.

Who Should Attend:

  • Senior Clinicians Engaged in Medical and Ancillary Practice
  • Trustees of Health Care Organizations
  • Employers and Healthcare Purchaser Representatives
  • Health Insurance and Health Plan Executives
  • Hospital and Health System Administrators
  • IPA and Medical Group Managers
  • Patient Safety Officers
  • Quality Assurance and Risk Management Experts
  • Healthcare Consultants, Venture Capitalists and Investment Bankers
  • Healthcare Attorneys and In-House Counsel
  • Health Service Researchers and Health Policy Experts
  • Registered Nurses, Pharmacists and Other Allied Health Professionals

Learning Objectives:

  • To render an overview of the healthcare quality and medical errors challenges facing American healthcare.
  • To share and discuss specific successful patient safety innovations that can be applied by healthcare organization within fiscal constraints.
  • To suggest strategies to successfully design and implement patient safety innovations in hospitals, health plans, medical groups and other healthcare settings.
  • To describe the respective roles of government, accrediting bodies, the press, employers, technology and information systems, hospitals and health systems, physicians and physician organizations, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, and patients and families in stimulating and supporting patient safety improvement.
  • To implement a practical program of patient safety officer training.

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