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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY December 2017 | Archived Issues

Surgeons Lead Class at ACS Clinical Congress

Two surgeons and a research scientist from Cedars-Sinai recently helped lead a course at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in San Diego.

Harry Sax, MD, Rodrigo Alban, MD, and Tara Cohen, PhD, were part of a team featured in a track on performance improvement for surgeons. The course was entitled: "Measure Twice, Cut Once: Optimizing Surgical Systems of Care."

The course focused on the application of basic performance improvement tools necessary for surgeons to succeed in a new era of value based care. Lean and Six Sigma concepts applied to healthcare initiatives and human-factors engineering principles were taught. Students interacted with case studies of root cause analysis, failure mode and effects analysis, and other examples of Lean methodologies applied onto systems to improve efficiency and outcomes.

The course was sponsored by the Colleges' Committee on Emerging Surgical Technology and Education.