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Leadership Program Graduates Class

Participants in the Cedars-Sinai Leadership in Healthcare Improvement Program (from right): Bruce Gewertz, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery; Christos Colovos, MD, PhD; Tom Feng, MD; Halley Vora, MD; Pratik Mehta, MD; Navpreet Dhillon, MD; and James Tatum, MD.

The Cedars-Sinai Leadership in Healthcare Improvement Program graduated its inaugural cohort of residents and fellows in July. The six-month program is designed to develop the ability to lead sustainable and rigorous improvement initiatives in healthcare.

Participants included four general surgery residents: Christos Colovos, MD, PhD; Pratik Mehta, MD; Navpreet Dhillon, MD; and Halley Vora, MD; two urology residents: Tom Feng, MD, and Devin Patel, MD; and surgical and critical care fellow James Tatum, MD.

Program participants learned about a range of leadership and quality improvement topics during dinner sessions at the OR 360 space.

Harry Sax, MD, explored the pros and cons of narcissistic leadership through a personality assessment and a body language quiz on emotional intelligence.

Human factors research scientist Douglas Wiegmann, PhD, discussed the Swiss cheese model of accident causation and how to use a structured classification tool to identify unsafe conditions that can lead to human error.

Eric Ley, MD, reviewed the Formula One pit-stop model, along with other team strategies and tools to enhance performance and patient safety.

Quality improvement specialist Sarah Francis taught participants a range of Lean and Six Sigma process improvement tools and provided hands-on project feedback and support.

During one of the evening sessions, participants visited the Sterile Processing Department to observe a process in action and identify contributing factors that could lead to delays in sterilizing surgical instruments.

In addition to the evening sessions, participants worked on three improvement projects:

  • Tatum and Dhillon focused on improving communication during multidisciplinary rounds in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. They investigated the adverse effect that numerous computers on wheels within the rounding group had on team formation and effective group communication.
  • Vora and Mehta aimed to reduce the number of surgical instruments in trays by eliminating unused instruments and consolidating trays.
  • Feng, Patel and Colovos worked on improving surgical robot utilization and efficiency.

The next Leadership in Healthcare Improvement Program will begin in September.