2013 Annual Meeting

Keynote Address


Robert M. Wachter MD

Annual Meeting keynote speaker Dr. Robert Wachter stands as a sentry at the crossroads where healthcare policy and quality intersect. Having coined the term “hospitalist” in a 1996 New England Journal of Medicine article, he is considered the father of the hospitalist movement, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine.

Dr. Wachter is also a national leader in the fields of patient safety and healthcare quality. He edits the US government’s two leading Website on safety and has written two bestselling books on the subject, including Understanding Patient Safety. Now in its second edition, this book is recognized as the leading primer in the field.

At 1:00pm Wednesday, October 9, Dr Wachter will share his observations and recommendations for the future of healthcare safety during his presentation, “What We Need to Know and Do to Cure Our Epidemic of Medical Mistakes.” His thoughts about why errors are so common in American medicine and what needs to be done to cure this troubling epidemic will draw on powerful cases from clinical medicine, as well as analogies from industries ranging from car manufacturing to take-out restaurants to aviation.

Dr. Wachter is professor and associate chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he holds the Lynne and Marc Benioff Endowed Chair in Hospital Medicine. He is also chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, and chief of the Medical Service at UCSF Medical Center. He has published 250 articles and 6 books in the fields of quality, safety, and health policy.

He is also the current chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and has served on the healthcare advisory boards of several companies, including Google.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define "systems thinking" and contrast it with the traditional approach to medical mistakes;
  2. Identify at least two analogies from non-medical industries relevant to improving patient safety; and
  3. Discuss the methods and value of conducting a root-cause analysis of a complex medical error.

Synopsis
In this dramatic and engaging talk, Dr. Robert Wachter, professor of medicine at the UCSF and author of bestselling books, Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind America’s Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes (2005) and Understanding Patient Safety (2012), will discuss why errors are so common in American medicine and what needs to be done to cure this troubling epidemic. He’ll draw on powerful cases from clinical medicine, as well as analogies from industries ranging from car manufacturing to take-out restaurants to aviation. The audience will leave with a deeper understanding of the nature of the problem and with practical tips for patients, providers and healthcare leaders. Dr.Wachter is the chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Introduction
Miro A. Pavelka, DDS, MSD
Richardson, TX
2012-2013 AAOMS President

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What We Need to Know and Do to Cure Our Epidemic of Medical Mistakes
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
1:00 PM-2:00 PM