Speakers & Sessions

Lucy McBride, MD

Internist at Foxhall Internists

Lucy McBride

Lucy Martin 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.

Known for her compassionate, empathetic approach, ability to distill complex ideas into conversational topics and authentic ability to build rapport and connect quickly with people to have candid conversations – Dr. McBride is an educator, a frequent media guest and an op-ed writer. Her goal is to reduce the stigma around mental health and give people hope, information and direction to better advocate and improve their whole health.

Dr. McBride graduated from Princeton University and attended Harvard Medical School. She did her medical training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. A native Washingtonian, she is married with three teenage kids.

Dr. McBride will be presenting...

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

clock  October 26, 2021: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT | Opening Keynote

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.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the trauma healthcare professionals have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Describe strategies to move forward in this new healthcare landscape
  • Summarize the relationship between our mental and physical health
  • Identify how our own health can impact the health of our patients

Diane Birnbaumer, MD, FACEP

Emergency Physician and Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Diane Birnbaumer, MD, FACEP

Dr. Birnbaumer 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.

Dr. Birnbaumer will be presenting...

Maximizing Patient Care by Minimizing Medical Errors

clock  October 26, 2021: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CT

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.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe implicit bias and how it can affect medical decision making
  • List three types of cognitive errors and discuss ways to minimize them
  • Summarize medical systems issues that may impact medical decision making
  • Identify solutions to the medical systems issues impacting diagnostic decision making

Michael Brown, DO

Family Medicine Physician at Meritas Health

Michael Brown, DO

Dr. Brown 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.

His interests are providing innovative ways to deliver healthcare to his patients, increasing physician satisfaction with electronic health records, and utilizing technology and media to interact with and educate patients. He lives in Smithville, Missouri, with his wife and seven children and continues his family tradition of beekeeping. He also enjoys photography and running, which are two very useful skills for any beekeeper. Dr. Brown is a past president of Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS).

Dr. Brown will be presenting...

The Evolution of Telemedicine During the COVID-19 Pandemic

clock  October 27, 2021: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT

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.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the history of telemedicine prior to COVID-19
  • Summarize how telemedicine has been changed by COVID-19
  • Identify areas of telemedicine that are still developing as well as future trends
  • Describe best practices that promote the safety of patients and healthcare professionals when practicing telemedicine

Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine and a health equity researcher at the University of Pittsburgh

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.

Dr. Essien’s research focuses on racial and ethnic disparities in the use of novel therapeutics in the management of chronic diseases including atrial fibrillation and was recently awarded a 5-year, $1 million Career Development Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has applied his health equity research framework to the COVID-19 pandemic, rapidly becoming an expert in examining the disparities that disproportionately affect minority communities with COVID-19. His work has been featured in leading medical journals including JAMA and the NEJM, and he has been interviewed by several national news outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, and NPR.

Dr. Essien is a fierce advocate for diversity and equity in medicine, speaking nationally on the topic and co-directing an “Antiracism in Medicine” series for the Clinical Problem Solvers medical education podcast. Dr. Essien's leadership in advancing health equity led him to be named a 2019 National Minority Quality Forum 40 under 40 Leaders in Minority Health awardee, a 2020 “30 Leaders under 40 Transforming Healthcare” by Business Insider, and a Rising Star Alumni Award from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2021.

Dr. Essien will be presenting...

Reducing Health Inequalities in the U.S.

clock  October 27, 2021: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CT

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.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how health equity can impact a physician or clinician’s clinical care
  • Summarize the link between social determinants of health and health equity
  • Identify the health system’s role in advancing racial and health equity

John West, JD

Principal, West Consulting Services, LLC

John West, JD

John 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.

Mr. West is a distinguished fellow of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM). He received the Presidential Citation Award (2011) and the Distinguished Service Award (2001) from ASHRM, which are its highest honors. Mr. West has been a certified professional in healthcare risk management (CPHRM) since 2006.

Mr. West has been the author of the “Case Law Update” column, which appears quarterly in the Journal of Health Care Risk Management, since 1994. He is a regular speaker at national and regional risk management meetings and has published numerous articles on risk management.

Mr. West will be presenting...

Case Law Update: Lessons From the Courts

clock  October 28, 2021: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT

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.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize current medical professional liability trends impacting physicians
  • Describe common weaknesses in physician practice through case examples
  • Identify strategies to implement or improve existing policies to reduce the potential for liability

Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, MACP

Chief of Medicine at VA Ann Arbor and the George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan

Lipi Roy, MD, MPH, DABAM

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 approximately 350 peer-reviewed papers with over 110 appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Lancet, and the Annals of Internal Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of seven peer-reviewed journals including NEJM Catalyst and BMJ Quality & Safety, is a special correspondent to the New England Journal of Medicine, and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP).

Dr. Saint has written for The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, and gave a 2016 TED Talk on culture change in healthcare that has over 1 million views. He has co-authored three books published by Oxford University Press: Preventing Hospital Infections: Real-World Problems, Realistic Solutions, Teaching Inpatient Medicine: What Every Physician Needs to Know, and The Saint-Chopra Guide to Inpatient Medicine (4th Edition). In 2017 Dr. Saint was awarded the Health System Impact Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Distinguished Mentor Award from the University of Michigan. In 2016 he received the Mark Wolcott Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs as the National VA Physician of the Year and was elected as an international honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London).

Dr. Saint received his MD from UCLA, completed a medical residency and chief residency at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), and obtained a master of public health degree (as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar) from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. Saint will be presenting...

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

clock  October 28, 2021: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. CT | Closing Keynote

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.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the importance of healthcare quality and safety
  • Identify intersectional innovations – or “aha” moments – and distinguish them from directional innovations
  • Explain the intersectional innovations that could impact quality improvement and safety initiatives within healthcare such as human factors engineering, management science, and sociology
  • Describe future directions in quality improvement and safety, including the role of mindfulness in healthcare