Redesigning Education to Accelerate Change in Healthcare

Teachers of Quality Academy 3.0-Now Accepting Applications!

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The Teachers of Quality Academy (TQA) 3.0 is a professional development program for healthcare leaders designed to fundamentally change care delivery through a curriculum focused on building knowledge and skills in quality improvement and patient safety (QI/PS). Participants engage in advanced learning in these areas, develop projects to apply these skills across the health system, teach others in their environment about these concepts, and evaluate the outcomes of improvement interventions. Leading by example, TQA participants promote a culture of quality and safety across our enterprise.

Upon completion of TQA, participants will be able to:

  • Establish goals for quality and safety efforts;
  • Use data to drive improvement;
  • Develop and implement inpatient, ambulatory, or population/community health focused improvement projects;
  • Understand and develop their own leadership competencies in order to lead change, and;
  • Disseminate the results of their QI work.

Ideal Candidates:

  • Professionals in clinical or educational leadership roles, in pairs or teams (example: medical director and nurse manager dyad);
  • ECUP Department Outpatient Medical Directors, Vidant Medical Group medical directors, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists, hospital-based or acute care Medical Directors - in interdisciplinary pairs, or;
  • Health Professionals with a genuine interest in QI efforts that promote ECU/Vidant Health missions. To be considered for participation in 2018, you will need to obtain a nomination from a senior leader to whom you report (department chair, director, etc.) and complete an individual application.

Important Dates:

September - Launch Recruitment

October 20th - Application Deadline

November 10th - Notification of Acceptance

November 2017 - January 2018 - Completion of IHI Basic Certificate

January 2018 - Begin Formal Learning Sessions

For more information contact Jenna Garris, MA at or 744-0439.

Teachers of Quality (TQA) 3.0 Informational Sessions

Join us to learn more about this unique opportunity!

For your convenience, two sessions will be held:

Tuesday, October 10th from 5:15-6:00pm at the Health Sciences Campus Student Center, Grand Room 202, and
Wednesday, October 11th from 12:00-1:00pm at Vidant Medical Center, Room MSCR-D

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Health Systems Science Textbook
Group Photo with textbook

Brody faculty celebrate the release of a new textbook to teach the "third pillar" of medical education. The textbook is the first of its kind to define health systems science and provide a framework for its implementation nationwide. Five Brody School of Medicine Faculty and one ECU College of Nursing Faculty member authored four chapters of the textbook with Dr. Luan Lawson serving as both an author and editor. Pictured below from left to right are Dr. Elizabeth Baxley, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Dr. Danielle Walsh, Pediatric Surgery; Dr. Richard Hawkins, American Medical Association vice president for medical education outcomes and editor, Dr. Luan Lawson, Assistant Dean of Curriculum, Assessment and Clinical Academic Affairs; Dr. Donna Lake, Clinical Assistant Professor, and Dr. Niti Armistead, Teachers of Quality Academy 2.0 Program Director, (not pictured, Dr. Jason Higginson, Chair, Department of Pediatrics).

Health Systems Science, published by Elsevier, can purchased from the AMA Store and Elsevier, as well as from Amazon and other online booksellers.

3 TQA 2.0 participants build paper airplanes
Aiming High: Clinicians, educators learn about boosting quality in health

Twenty-five health sciences professionals and administrators from East Carolina University and Vidant Health gathered for a daylong session recently at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium's Club Level to learn about improving quality in health care delivery. And to build paper airplanes.



Redesigning Education to Accelerate Change in Healthcare (REACH) is an American Medical Association (AMA) grant-funded initiative to transform the Brody Medical School curriculum so that it better prepares future physicians in patient safety, quality improvement and population health in an environment of team-based, patient-centered care. The grant addresses the substantial gap that now exists between what physicians have been taught in the past and what they will need to know now and in the future to provide safer, higher quality patient care.


REACH Happenings: Patient safety seminar

Join us for a discussion on reliability science as it relates to healthcare with guest Steve Kreiser, CDSR, USN Ret., MBA, MS.

Steve Kreiser is a senior consultant with Healthcare Performance Improvement (HPI). HPI is a consulting firm that specializes in improving human performance in complex systems using evidence-based methods derived from high-risk industries. Steve is a former FA-18 pilot with over 21 years of leadership and management experience in the U.S. Navy.


REACH Happenings: Unified Quality Improvement Symposium

Please join us for the first annual Unified Quality Improvement Symposium hosted by The REACH Initiative and the Vidant Health Quality Office. The symposium is a showcase of initiatives happening throughout East Carolina University's Health Sciences Campus and Vidant Health Greenville Campus related to quality improvement, patient safety, population health, and interprofessional practice.

Abstract submission deadline: January 9, 2017


Brody School of Medicine's $1 Million Grant

East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine is one of 11 schools in the nation selected for a $1 million grant from the American Medical Association to change the way it educates students while keeping its focus on rural and under-served populations.