“Scholarship is Discovery, as evidenced by peer-reviewed funding or publication of original research in peer-reviewed journals; Dissemination, as evidenced by review articles or chapters in textbooks; Application, as evidenced by the publication or presentation at local, regional, or national professional and scientific meetings, for example, case reports or clinical series; Teaching through clinical discussions, rounds, journal club, and research conferences in a manner that promotes a spirit of inquiry and scholarship”

– Michael R. Wilson, MD- Scholarly Activity Redefined: Balancing the Three-legged Stool

Presenting Your Work 
Presenting your work at an academic conference, whether through an oral or poster presentation, is an excellent opportunity to showcase your improvement efforts. Conferences provide a venue for you to publish your work, meet colleagues in your field, and discover resources you may have otherwise not known existed for educational opportunities and outlets to disseminate your work and learn about efforts in other institutions. Below, are some resources to help you showcase your work in a professional and scholarly fashion:

Poster Printing Services are available through the UChicago Booth School, Suite 108B 
Poster Templates
 and printing services for scientific posters are also available externally
Template 1  
Template 2
Template 3

References for presentation of data:
How To Display Data
Scales of measurement, courtesy of Aktiva Design
Choosing between a table and a graph, courtesy of Aktiva Design
Stephen Few’s Graph Selection Matrix
Tips for creating an academic poster

Useful Resources


Educational Opportunities

  • CE Lecture Series: Join Clinical Effectiveness (CE) throughout this year-long series of lectures focusing on quality of care and patient safety. The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
  • Clinical Effectiveness Monthly Journal Club: Join CE each month for a collaborative evaluation of current literature around patient quality and safety, risk management, clinical innovation, infection control, and healthcare informatics. The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
  • Making A Difference Every Day Best Practice Forums: These quarterly forums spotlight departments whose tactics and interventions have led to positive and sustained patient satisfaction outcomes. The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1.5 Credits™.
  • FAME: Faculty Advancing in Medical Education (FAME) is a faculty development program that provides resources and training in key conceptual and practical skills in teaching and assessment.
  • UCM Employee Patient Safety and Risk Management Training: open to University of Chicago Medicine employees, the University of Chicago Professional Liability Indemnification Program and the Medical Center’s offices of Patient Safety, Risk Management and Legal Affairs, offers training on currently accepted standards and protocols.
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School: The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) offers online training in quality improvement, patient safety, healthcare leadership, and healthcare management. These courses are free to students in any discipline and offer over 25 contact hours for nurses, physicians, and pharmacists.


Publications of Note

Every Second Counts: Innovations to increase timely defibrillation rates. Borak M, Fransisco MA, Stokas MA, Maroney M, Bednar V, Miller ME, Pakieser-Reed K. J Nurs Care Qual. 2014 Oct-Dec;29(4):311-7. PMID: 24810907

Reappraisal of Routine Oral Care With Chlorhexidine Gluconate for Patients Receiving mechanical Ventilation. Klompas M, Speck K, Howell MD, Greene LR, Berenholtz SM. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 May;174(5):751-61.PMID: 24663255

Time to administraiton of epinephrine and outcome after in-hospital cardiac arrest with non-shockable rhythms: retrospective analysis of large in-hospital data registry. Donnino MW, Salciccioli JD, Howell MD, Cocchi MD, Giberson B, Berg K, Gautam S, Callaway C, American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines- Resuscitation Investigators. BMJ. 2014 May 20;348:g3028.  PMID: 24846323

When policy gets it right: variability in U.S. Hospitals’ diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia. Stevens JP, Kachniarz B, Wright SB, Gillis J, Talmor D, Clardy P, Howell MD. Crit Care Med. 2014 Mar;42(3):497-503. PMID: 24145845

Structure, process, and annual ICU mortality across 69 centers: United States critical illness and injury trials group critical illness outcomes study. Checkley W, Martin GS, Brown SM, Chang SY, Dabbagh O, Fremont RD, Girard TD, Rice TW, Howell MD, Johnson SB, O’Brien J, Park PK, Pstores SM, Patil NT, Pietropaoli AP, Putman M, Rotello L, SIner J, Sajid S, Murphy DJ, Sevransky JE; United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group Gritical Illness OUtcomes Study Investigators. Crit Care Med. 2014 Feb;42(2):344-56. PMID: 24145833

Accuracy of a radiofrequency identification (RFID) badge system to monitor hand hygiene behavior during routine clinical activities. Pineles LL, Morgan DJ, Limper HM, Weber SG, Thom KA, Perencevich EN, Harris AD, Landon E. Ame J Infection Control. Am J Infect Control. 2014 Feb;42(2):144-7 PMID: 24355492

Screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: A comparative effectiveness review. Glick SB, Samson DJ, Huang ES, Vats V, Aronson N, Weber SG. Am J Infect Control. 2014 Feb;42(2):148-55. PMID: 24360519

Using electronic health record data to develop and validate a prediction model for adverse outcomes in the wards. Chupek MM, Yuen TC, Park SY, Gibbons R, Edelson DP. Crit Care Med. 2013 Nov 15. PMID: 24247472

Behavioral intention of physician trainees and medical students to practice hand hygiene. Limper HM, Barton G, McGinty M, Landon E, O’Boyle C, Reddy S, Weber SG. Infec Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 Oct;34(10):1102-5. PMID: 24018929

Liberating brain-injured patients from mechanical ventilation. Learning from healthcare delivery science. Stevens JP, Howell MD. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013 Oct 15;188(8):894-6. PMID: 24127796.

The Quality and Safety Track: Training Future Physician Leaders. Vinci LM,Oyler J, Arora VM. Am J Med Qual. 2013 Aug 16. PMID: 23956340

Elements of a high-quality inpatient consultation in the intensive care unit: a qualitative study. Stevens JP, Johansson AC, Schonberg MA, Howell MD. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2013 Jun; 10(3):220-7. PMID: 23802818

Predicting clinical deterioration in the hospital: the impact of outcome selection. Churpek MM, Yuen TC, Edelson DP. Resuscitation. 2013 May;84(5):564-8. PMID: 23022075


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