Online conference | ISMIE’s Risk Management Symposium Embracing Healthcare’s
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When & where

October 26-28, 2021 11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. CT

Virtual

Attend the premier patient safety and risk management conference

ISMIE’s annual Risk Management Symposium will bring together six extraordinary speakers to offer unparalleled insights and practical advice from the cutting edge of patient safety and risk management.

This year we will be hosting the event completely online and holding it over three days, with topics such as risk management case studies, burnout and resilience, and more!

2021 Speakers & Sessions

Lucy McBride, MD

Caring For Ourselves and Our Patients: Lessons From the Pandemic About Risk, Loss, and Vulnerability

Lucy McBride, MD

Lucy McBride, MD, is a practicing internist in Washington, DC, who believes in treating the whole person – and that mental and physical health should be addressed in tandem. Since the start of the pandemic Dr. McBride has become a trusted source of information through a COVID-19 newsletter she launched in March 2020. Over twelve thousand people now subscribe for real-time, fact-based information, advice and commentary delivered with a dose of humor and real-world awareness to help them assess their ongoing vulnerability, manage their physical and mental health, mitigate COVID risks, and better understand vaccines, variants and evolving public health recommendations.

Caring For Ourselves and Our Patients: Lessons From the Pandemic About Risk, Loss, and Vulnerability

We have learned a lot about COVID-19 since March 2020 – from scientific advances to assessing risk for our patients to our unique vulnerabilities as caregivers during a pandemic. Join Dr. Lucy McBride as she takes stock of the collective physical and mental health toll of COVID-19 and the pandemic restrictions themselves, and reflects on how we’ve struggled, what we’ve learned about ourselves, and how we deliver care. She will discuss ways to protect ourselves from burnout and the resulting unintended consequences to our patients. Dr. McBride will also explore the inseparability of mental and physical health and the critical importance of caring for ourselves holistically – for our own health and for the safety of our patients. Finally, she will take a look at practical ways to promote well-being and to model self-care for our patients, families and communities.

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Diane Birnbaumer, MD, FACEP

Maximizing Patient Care by Minimizing Medical Errors

Diane Birnbaumer, MD, FACEP

Diane Birnbaumer, MD, FACEP, is residency trained in both internal medicine and emergency medicine and is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Currently a Senior Clinical Educator in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Birnbaumer was Associate Program Director there for nearly 20 years. Dr. Birnbaumer has presented over 2,000 lectures locally, nationally and internationally on clinical and educational topics, ranging from emergency medicine to teaching the teachers. She has received several national awards, including the Outstanding Speaker of the Year and the Outstanding Contribution to Education Awards for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Maximizing Patient Care by Minimizing Medical Errors

Medical errors frequently result from a complex set of circumstances. The combination of implicit bias, cognitive errors and systems issues synergize to create an environment conducive to making these errors. Join Dr. Diane Birnbaumer as she explores these areas of risk and strategies for minimizing diagnostic error in medicine.

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Michael Brown, DO

Michael Brown, DO

The Evolution of Telemedicine During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Michael Brown, DO

Michael Brown, DO, is a graduate from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a medical residency in Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He currently works full time for Meritas Health where he practices family medicine in Smithville, Missouri. He is the former Assistant Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Medical Director of Telemedicine for Mosaic Life Care. He was one of the first physicians to begin providing direct-to-consumer telemedicine in the state of Missouri and built a team of providers who continue to give care remotely to patients through rural northwest Missouri.

The Evolution of Telemedicine During the COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s quite possible that nothing about the practice of medicine has changed more due to COVID-19 than the technology we use and the distances we are able to cover in order to provide care. In this session we will review the history of telemedicine to examine why it took so long for it to become commonplace in medicine today. We will discuss what it was like to practice medicine before COVID-19, how the widespread adoption of telemedicine has changed it and how the profession continues to evolve as a result. We will also review recommended best practices for physicians when providing care remotely and discuss future trends in telehealth.

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Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH

Reducing Health Inequalities in the U.S.

Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH

Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, a general internist and health disparities researcher in the VA Pittsburgh Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. Dr. Essien received his MD degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School. After residency he remained at MGH to complete a general internal medicine fellowship, concurrently receiving a Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Reducing Health Inequalities in the U.S.

The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the nation's attention to health equity and the social determinants of health. These themes are particularly critical for professionals who provide care to patients every day. What can healthcare professionals do to safely and equitably care for patients who are members of vulnerable and underserved populations? In this session, we will review the data, the drivers, and the possible solutions to addressing the pervasive disparities in our healthcare system.

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John West, JD

Case Law Update: Lessons From the Courts

John West, JD

John C. West, JD, is the principal of West Consulting Services, an independent risk management and patient safety consulting firm that specializes in continuing medical and legal education for physicians and nurses. He holds a law degree from Chase College of Law, a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Xavier University, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati.

Case Law Update: Lessons From the Courts

This session will offer a look at the recent case law of interest to physicians. Several cases will be presented that illustrate potential areas of concern in current medical practice. The discussion will include the details of the situation, what was alleged against the physician and the court’s analysis of the case to highlight possible pitfalls in the practice of medicine. Finally, based on the lessons learned from the case, we will discuss tips to avoid liability or strengthen defenses against claims that could be lodged.

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Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, MACP

Improving Healthcare Quality: In Search of the “Aha” Moment

Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, MACP

Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, MACP, is the chief of medicine at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on patient safety, implementation science, mindfulness, and medical decision-making. Dr. Saint has authored peer-reviewed papers appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Lancet, and the Annals of Internal Medicine. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review.

Improving Healthcare Quality: In Search of the “Aha” Moment

Discussing quality in healthcare can often feel daunting and overwhelming – how can we continue to move the needle? Join Dr. Sanjay Saint as he delivers a keynote talk that will inspire all types of leaders as well as those at the front lines of improvement to reach for new heights. He will provide tangible steps and practical tips from various disciplines including sociology, human factors engineering, and organizational leadership that will help attendees become even more successful in their safety and improvement work.

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Who should attend

ISMIE’s Risk Management Symposium offers valuable insights for physicians, clinicians and risk managers alike. Attendees are encouraged to attend as many sessions as they’d like over the three days, allowing them to tailor the program to their specific needs.

Here’s what past attendees said:

  • The speakers knew where the center of the target was for physicians in the trenches. Thank you for making explicit so many of the things each of us are thinking but none of us are saying.

  • Absolutely engaging! The historical facts were interesting but I was unaware of some of the medical uses and it’s worth more investigation. Opened my mind to the possibilities.

  • Reinforces my recent training beautifully.

  • ...this is an eye-opener to improve my competency overall.

  • This is a great consciousness-raising session for anyone involved in providing healthcare.

  • What an incredibly engaging speaker! He had me spellbound. His personal stories were fabulous!