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UC Davis Healthcare Quality

Student Interest Group in
Health Care Quality Improvement

Seminar series on health-care improvement launches Feb. 13

QI Sig Group

A seminar series covering major topics in health-care improvement, presented by the UC Davis School of Medicine Student Interest Group in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, will kick off on Friday, Feb. 13, the first of 12 sessions in the series.

The first seminar will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Center for Health and Technology, room 1341.

The series offers credit for UC Davis medical students, and organizers are working to offer academic credits for other students, including those from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, the Master of Public Health Program and the Health Informatics Program. The series also offers continuing education credits for health professionals.

Non-UC Davis students may attend the series, but will not be eligible for course credit.

Titled “Topics in Health Care Improvement,” the series will feature guest speakers who are leaders in the field, addressing topics in health care not generally covered in required nursing school, medical school or other graduate school curricula. Topics include:

  • Quality-improvement method
  • Team-based care
  • Patient-centered care
  • Patient safety
  • Systems engineering
  • Lean and Six Sigma in health care
  • Global population health
  • Using electronic health records for quality improvement
  • Measuring and comparing performance of health-care providers and organizations

The course is designed to introduce quality improvement conceptually and practically. Of the series’ 12 seminars, students are required to attend at least 10 to pass the course. To receive course credit, students are expected to review guided readings on seminar topics prior to sessions, and to write a brief commentary on a health-care improvement topic. The course’s instructor of record will provide students with guidance on their commentaries, which are to be completed after they attend 10 sessions.

Ulfat Shaikh, a UC Davis pediatrician and director for Healthcare Quality at the School of Medicine, is the instructor of record for the series. In addition to Shaikh, other speakers confirmed for the series are:

  • Debra Bakerjian, associate adjunct professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
  • David Barnes, assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine
  • Heather Young, dean and professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
  • John Grubbs, director of pharmacy
  • Jared Quinton, director, Patient Experience and Performance Excellence
  • Deborah Ward, Associate Dean for Academics and clinical professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
  • Hien Nguyen, medical director, Electronic Health Record
  • Jose Pares-Avila, assistant clinical professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
  • JoAnne Natale, professor of pediatrics

Attendees may walk in and sign up for each seminar on-site. Although the seminars will be held on Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. during the spring and fall of 2015, they will not necessarily be held on consecutive Fridays. For an up-to-date schedule of the seminars, go to
For more information, contact Flora Chang at or Jeralynn Fredrick .

Special events

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Topic: Looking Forward: Mental and Behavioral Health in California
Darrell Steinberg
Patient Support Services Building, Auditorium Room G300
To RSVP, please contact Naima Carter, 916-734-2614      

May 10, 2015, 12 to 1 pm. Education Building, Room 2206
Please join the UC Davis Quality Improvement Student Interest Group for a lunch lecture with Assistant Adjunct Professor Debra Bakerjian, Ph.D., F.N.P., R.N. The lecture will be held in Education Building Room 2206 and food will be served to the first 25 attendees.

Click here for further details.

Schedule of speakers

Date Speaker Room


Ulfat Shaikh, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.

1335 CHT


Debra Bakerjian, Ph.D., F.N.P., R.N., F.A.A.N.P. 1341 CHT


Deborah Ward, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. 1341 CHT
Mike Hogarth, M.D., F.A.C.P., M.S. 1335 CHT
4/3/15 Jared Quinton, M.H.S.M., A.S.Q., C.S.S.B.B. 1341 CHT
4/10/15 Joanne Natale, M.D., Ph.D.
1341 CHT
4/17/15 To Be Announced 1341 CHT
4/24/15 Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H. 1335 CHT
5/8/15 Hien Nguyen, M.D. 1335 CHT
5/15/15 David Acosta, M.D. 1335 CHT
 5/22/15  David Barnes, M.D., F.A.C.E.P. 1341 CHT

Previous Events:

 On March 15, 2013, Dr. Ron Chapman, M.D., M.P.H. Director of California Department of Public Health, State Health Officer and a national expert, talked about quality improvement and shared insights on how public health utilizes quality improvement initiatives.

Click here to view the video recording of Dr. Chapman's presentation.
Click here for the Powerpoint presentation

Click here for the Lean Six Sigma and Health Care presentation given by Jared Quinton, Director, Performance Excellence, UC Davis Medical Center, Feb. 1, 2013. The presentation described how Six Sigma (and Lean Six Sigma) is a set of tools, strategies and quality management methods, including statistical analysis, for process improvement. Six Sigma was originally developed by Motorola in 1986 to identify and minimize errors and defects in their manufacturing process. Six Sigma has become the standard of process improvement in many industries, including Health Care. This presentation was sponsored by the Student Interest Group in Health Care Quality Improvement.

About the Student Interest Group in Health Care Quality

Join the Student Interest Group in Health Care Quality Improvement and learn how to make a difference in people’s lives by improving safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency and cost in health-care systems.

We are an interprofessional educational community. Our goal is to help students gain the knowledge and skills to become change agents in health-care.

2012-13 QI Student Interest Group leaders:

School of Medicine: Maya Wolpert

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing: Sarina Fazio

NP/PA Program: Lonna Hampton

Masters in Public Health program: Jeremy Meis

Graduate School of Management M.B.A.: Kristy Bird Trouchon

Faculty advisors: Dr. Ulfat Shaik, Dr. Debra Bakerjian

Contact: Sarina Fazio –