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QEP Retreat Picks Four Topic Teams

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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 SystemSouth Texas Veterans Health Care SystemMethodist Healthcare SystemMorningside 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.

Marketplace 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. 

“Having 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 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

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