The more things change, the more they stay the same: Quality Month makes annual call for posters

April 12, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees, ,
Quality Month posters are now being accepted by July 9, 2021

In a year when so much has changed, faculty and staff around the organization are gearing up to celebrate one thing that hasn’t — their dedication to continuously improving quality and safety of care provided to patients.

Quality Month — held every October at Michigan Medicine — is seeking submissions for the annual poster sessions.

Teams from across the organization are encouraged to submit their work aimed at improving the quality and safety of care for patients.

Today is the first day that posters will be accepted. The due date for posters to be submitted is Friday, July 9.

Click here for more information on how to submit a poster.

Tools for success

Individuals or teams who are looking for looking for resources to help with a project can access the Quality Department website where they will find an abundance of tools and templates that can help. Each tool comes with instructions for use (some have links to short learning videos) and a completed sample.

If you are unsure about which tool to use, the Quality Improvement Tool Roadmap is a great resource. This roadmap allows individuals to visually walk through the problem-solving process and highlights specific tools that will be useful at each stage.

“If you are new to continuous improvement work, or if this is your first time submitting a poster to Quality Month, these tools are incredibly helpful,” said Kevin DeHority, chair of the Quality Month committee. “Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for teams to share their work and celebrate their achievements with colleagues, so we make these tools easily accessible and useable for anyone who wants them.”

All of the tools are available on the Quality Department website and are freely available to all U-M faculty and staff.  

Month-long celebration

Posters submitted before the July 9 deadline will be eligible for inclusion in the annual poster sharing session. Similar to last year, the Quality Month symposium and poster sharing sessions will likely be virtual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Quality Month Planning Committee is still finalizing details for this year’s event so stay tuned to Headlines for more information in the coming months. Events will be planned throughout October, including poster sharing sessions, guest speakers and educational sessions. 

Teams who are interested in submitting a poster to Quality Month can find a poster template and instructions for submitting on the Quality Month website. Any team who has presented their work previously (at another conference or meeting) is encouraged to submit their work in its existing template. It does not have to be reformatted into the Quality Month template, however every submission will be reviewed by the planning committee prior to acceptance for the poster sessions.

Teams interested in reviewing a project with a continuous improvement specialist can click here to set up a time for one-on-one virtual coaching.