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Patient Safety and Quality Conferences

The Armstrong Institute sponsors and supports national conferences and symposia on topics in patient safety and quality.

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Past Conferences

Diagnostic Excellence Summit 2019

March 7, 2019
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Learn about the major public health and health care quality concerns related to improving diagnosis in health care at the third annual Diagnostic Excellence Summit. The 2019 summit theme is “Improving Diagnostic Performance Through Innovative Educational Strategies.”

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Patient Safety Summit 2019

March 8, 2019
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Join hundreds of health care professionals in learning about patient safety, research, safety culture and preventing and identifying harm during the ninth annual Patient Safety Summit, which focuses on the theme, Commitment to Resilience.

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  Diagnostic Excellence Summit 2018

April 10, 2018
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins Pain Symposium

September 25, 2017
The Johns Hopkins Hospital

This symposium focused on current trends in pain management and opioid stewardship across the United States, recent regulatory changes that impact prescribing of opioids, and potential opportunities for clinicians to optimize rational opioid use. 

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Ninth Annual Venous Thromboembolism Symposium

March 31, 2017

The symposium featured a keynote presentation by Suresh Vedantham, M.D., an interventional radiologist who specializes in the delivery and clinical investigation of image-guided therapies for venous thromboembolism. The event also included panel discussions, short talks showcasing VTE-related research studies across Johns Hopkins Medicine, and other presentations.

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High Reliability Health Care Summit

February 22–24, 2016

This inaugural summit, presented together with global professional services firm EY, shared how high-reliability practices can help health care organizations to consistently deliver safe, predictable and effective care. Thought leaders and industry professionals came together for dynamic, thought-provoking presentations and in-depth panel discussions that highlight high-reliability successes and challenges facing the industry.

Event summary

Forum on Emerging Topics in Patient Safety

September 23–25, 2013

This forum brought together researchers, practitioners, private industry, and other stakeholders to explore approaches for accelerating improvement in patient safety and quality. Held in conjunction with the World Health Organization, the event focused on three critical challenges in the effort to eliminate preventable harm: designing safer systems of care delivery, more rapidly spreading successful interventions, and advancing the science of performance measurement.

Event website.

Best Practices in Patient-Centered Care

September 26–27, 2013

This conference was an opportunity for hospitals across the United States to learn about and disseminate innovations and promising practices for delivering patient-centered care. Supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the program featured keynotes by national experts, as well as presentations by hospitals selected for their high scores or remarkable recent improvements on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems Survey.

Abstracts and slides from podium and poster presentations are publicly available on the conference website, for those seeking ideas for how to improve the patient experience.

Event website.

National Workshop on Quality for Medical Education

November 9, 2013

For the second year in a row, the Armstrong Institute and the American College of Medical Quality held an all-day event that introduced medical students, residents and fellows to the possibilities of integrating quality improvement and patient safety work into their clinical careers. Other clinicians and educators, such as residency program directors, will gain insights for how to incorporate safety and quality into training of physicians.

Event website.