Author: Robin Zuniga | Category: Around Campus | Of Interest | June 08, 2015
More than 60
faculty, students, and staff from the Health Science Center and members of the
San Antonio healthcare community participated in the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Retreat on May 18 and 19 and decided on four topic teams.
President William L. Henrich welcomed the
participants to the retreat and emphasized the importance of their contribution
in making the QEP process successful.
Vice President for Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs Dr. Jacqueline Mok charged participants to use their broad experiences to consider how the Health Science
Center can improve the quality of student learning.
“Through the QEP process,”
she said, “we are committed as an institution to an on-going process of
continuous quality improvement in education.”
For two days, this group reviewed data and discussed areas in
which the Health Science Center can improve student learning outcomes.
Professor and Director of the Evidence-Based Practice Program in the School of Dentistry Dr. John
Rugh described the event as “a great opportunity to engage with
colleagues from across the Health Science Center....I met people that I have never had
the pleasure to work with before and have discussions about how we can provide
our students with the highest quality education possible."
During the first day, the participants listened to a panel of
representatives from several key healthcare employers in San Antonio including University Health System, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Methodist Healthcare System, Morningside Ministries, and Provenir.
Brigitta Glick, CEO
from Provenir, a firm specializing in recruitment of professionals in life
sciences and healthcare for their clients, said "as panelists we are
in nearly unanimous agreement that the most important thing UTHSCSA can do to
improve the competitiveness of its graduates is to help them become articulate
and enthusiastic advocates for themselves and be able to highlight for
employers the relevance and transferability of their skills and experiences in
areas such as quality improvement, research and clinical activities."
The result of this two-day effort was the formation of four
QEP Topic Teams that will be spending the next year exploring and refining
their topics. The four QEP Topic Teams that emerged from the retreat and
their initial meeting dates and locations are:
Mission Interprofessional: Students will be able to apply relationship-building
values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different
education, research and clinical roles. Monday, June 8, Noon-1 p.m., ATS
Conference Room, Dental School Room 3.463T
Critical Think Tank – CT: Students will be able to develop inquiring
minds to solve tomorrow’s complex problems today! Tuesday, June 16, 4-5 p.m., 21st
Century Classroom, Dental School Room 4.476.2T
Art of Communication: Students will be able to be effective communicators across all
audiences. Monday, June 8, Noon-1 p.m., Academic Administration Building, Room 124.
Success: Students will be able to: 1)
successfully transition into professional career roles including development of
a career path vision and 2) develop the ability to evaluate financial, economic
and regulatory policies influencing their career paths. Thursday, June 11,
Noon-1 p.m., MCD 5.402
According to Frank Puga, assistant professor/research in the
School of Nursing and a member of the QEP Steering Committee, each QEP Topic
Team will initiate their work during the month of June, then meet monthly
through March of 2016.
White papers on each topic will be presented to
the Health Science Center community on April 7, 2016 at the second annual
Fiesta of Education. Following these presentations, everyone in the Health
Science Center community will have the opportunity to rate each topic based on quality
indicators provided by our regional accrediting body the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
In 2017, a
detailed proposal outlining our plans for the QEP will be submitted to SACSCOC.
This will be followed by a two-day site visit by SACSCOC representatives in
spring 2018, of which one full-day will be devoted to discussion of our plans
for the QEP. Meetings of the QEP Topic Teams will be held monthly between now and March 2016.
Dr. Mok encouraged all Health Science
Center faculty, staff and students to participate on a QEP Topic Team.
broad community engagement in the development of our Quality Enhancement Plan,”
she said, “will ensure that our plan will be relevant and meaningful across our
diverse academic programs.”
Faculty, staff, and students who are interested in
participating are asked to email Gina Schiller at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, please indicate the name of the QEP Topic Team in which you wish to
participate, your name, school, and email address. Those who are unable to
attend one or more QEP Topic Team meetings can contribute to the discussion by
clicking on the QEP Topic Team Prompt for a given month’s discussion at www.uthscsa.edu/qep.
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