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Sherman Awards for Excellence in Patient Engagement

Nominations due March 6, 2020

What: The Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement recognizes innovative programs that focus on building stronger engagement through deeper, more meaningful communication and relationships with patients and families. 
Who:, Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Lucian Leape Institute, Taylor Healthcare
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Patient Safety Awareness Week

March 8 – 14, 2020

What: Annual event by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to raise further awareness about patient safety and recognize the work of health care professionals and organizations engaged in safety improvement.
Who: Institute for Healthcare Improvement
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Compassionate Caregiver of the Year

Nominations due March 23, 2020

What: The National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award will be presented to an individual or team members who display “extraordinary devotion and compassion in caring for patients and families" in December.
Who: Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare
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Collaborating to Promote Safe Patient-Care Practices — Diverse Settings, Common Goals

Originally scheduled for March 27, 2020; has been CANCELED

What: The Board of Registration in Medicine’s Quality & Patient Safety Division Spring Program is free and includes presentations about pediatric emergency medicine, cardiovascular disease in pregnancy, and transforming patient care through culture change. Physicians can earn 4 hours Category 1 CME; Nurses, 4 hours CEU (pending approval).


2020 Patient Safety Forum

Originally scheduled for April 29, 2020; has been CANCELED with plans to reschedule

Where: Doubletree Westborough Hotel, 5400 Computer Dr, Westborough, MA 01581
What: The Patient Safety Forum is held annually by the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors.
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30th Annual New England Regional Healthcare Risk Management Conference

Originally scheduled for May 3 – 5, 2020; has been CANCELED with plans to reschedule

Where: Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa, Groton, CT
An annual regional conference of keynote and breakout sessions for risk managers in hospitals and health systems.
Who: Massachusetts, Connecticut and Northern New England Societies for Healthcare Risk Management
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Patient Experience Symposium

May 11 – 12, 2020

Where: The Row Hotel at Assembly Row, 355 Artisan Way, Somerville, MA 02145
Improving the quality, culture and business model of health care by improving the patient experience. Designed for clinicians, health care administrators and executives, as well as patients and their advocates, the Symposium is supported by the Society for Participatory Medicine, the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare and others.
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IHI Patient Safety Congress

May 13 – 15, 2020

Where: Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando, FL
Educational sessions, keynotes and networking designed for clinicians, administrators, researchers, policy makers, patient advocates and others working in all settings to improve patient safety.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement
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The Compassion-in-Action Healthcare Conference

June 14 – 16, 2020

Where: Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA
What: Immersive sessions focused on advancing compassion, communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills at health care organizations. Intended for anyone who affects the patient experience.
The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare
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Recorded programs

OpenNotes Grand Rounds – Writing Better Notes (Webinar)

What: Clinicians share what they’ve learned about writing better notes from their research in primary care, oncology, and mental health contexts.
Who: Jared Klein, MD, MPH at UW Medicine; Leonor Fernandez, MD at Beth Israel Medical Center; Jeremy Warner, MD, MS at Vanderbilt University; and Steve Dobscha, MD at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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The Sepsis Institute

What: The Sepsis Institute is an online learning platform that provides health care professionals across the continuum of care with high quality, evidence-based training modules, webinars, and resources. Providers can earn continuing education credits for many of the courses at no cost.
The Sepsis Institute was developed by the Sepsis Alliance. The content on is created, reviewed, and led by subject matter experts.
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What You Need to Know About Water Treatment in Dialysis (Webinar)

What: Presented by the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health’s Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences and Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, this educational webinar is intended for dialysis nurses, technicians, nurse managers, and hospital infection preventionists.
Who: David E. Henner, D.O., Division Chief of Nephrology and Medical Director of Dialysis at Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, MA
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