Promoting Professionalism Nashville October 16-17

16 - 17 Oct, 2015 Vanderbilt Student Life Center Student Life Center Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, United States

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What does an organization do when individual or group behaviors undermine the best attempts to create a safe and reliable environment?  You need a plan and the right people, processes and data systems.  The Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy has conducted 20 years of research to help medical centers and physician groups make healthcare kinder, safer and more reliable. Our internationally recognized faculty have years of experience in healthcare leadership and professional accountability.   CPPA’s leadership training, “Promoting Professionalism” will provide practical tactics for attendees who wish to implement these tools in their own organizations.


Friday October 16, 2015
Vanderbilt Student Life Center
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm (with a reception around 5:15 pm)
  • Introduction
  • Skill Training:
            -- Cup of Coffee Conversation
  • Infrastructure: Leadership & Policy
  • Why may Leaders be hesitant to act?
  • Legal Foundations

Saturday October 17, 2015
Vanderbilt Student Life Center (breakfast will be served from 7:30 am - 8:00 am, and the program will start promptly at 8:00 am.)
8:00 am - 2:00 pm (one morning break and lunch
  • Recognizing a pattern
  • Evidence for Effectiveness (”Does any of this work?”)
  • Skill Training:
            -- Awareness Conversation
  • Organizational Infrastructure for addressing behavior/performance that undermines a Culture of Safety
  • A Call for Clean Hands
  • Disciplinary legal specifics
  • The Project Bundle: determining readiness for an initiative and/or assessing why an ongoing initiative has stalled short of the goal
  • Skill Training:
            -- Authority Conversation
  •  What type of conversation?
  • Review and epilogue


After participating in this CME activity, participants should be able to describe and discuss:
• Describe and discuss the relationships between behaviors that undermine a culture of safety and suboptimal outcomes;
• Identify a range of behaviors that undermine a culture of safety and describe a “professional accountability pyramid”;
• Articulate the essential elements of an organizational infrastructure for addressing behaviors that undermine a culture of safety;
• Describe the essential elements of three graduated levels of interventions for addressing
behaviors that undermine a culture of safety;
• List pertinent legal precedents about which to be aware before taking action; and
• Describe a method that may be used for identifying professionals with a pattern of behaviors that undermine a culture of safety.


Gerald B. Hickson, MD is the Senior Vice President for Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, and Joseph C. Ross Chair for Medical Education and Administration at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  Dr. Hickson received a BS from the University of Georgia, his MD from Tulane University School of Medicine, and completed his pediatric residency and fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Since 1990, Dr. Hickson’s research has focused on why families choose to file suit, why certain physicians attract a disproportionate share of claims and how to identify and intervene with high risk physicians.  He is the immediate Past Chair of the National Patient Safety Foundation Board of Directors and has received awards for Excellence in Research and Teaching from the Ambulatory Pediatric Association and the Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy’s Award for National Healthcare Patient Advocacy. 

William O. Cooper, MD, MPH is a practicing physician, researcher, teacher, and administrator. He has led School of Medicine programs, including the Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy, the Master of Public Health Program and the Pediatrics Office for Faculty Development. He is an internationally recognized expert in medication safety in children.  The results of his research, published in journals including New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA, have led to changes in policy for prescription drugs at the US Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada, and the European Union and have influenced prescribing practices for multiple specialties, including pediatricians, obstetricians, and psychiatrists.  He has served as a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and recently provided testimony to the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labors, and Pensions on the use of psychotropic medications in children.  In his role as Director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy, Dr. Cooper oversees the operations of the center’s PARS® program, education and training, and research programs.

Charles E. Reiter, III, JD is System General Counsel for Palos Community Hospital and was for fifteen years Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Loyola University Health System, Loyola University Medical Center and Loyola University Physician Foundation.  Since receiving his Illinois attorney license in 1981, he has concentrated his practice of law in health-related areas including contracting, reimbursement and litigation.  Mr. Reiter is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Miami School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal (trial bar) courts in Illinois and is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations, American Health Lawyers Association, Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers, and Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.

CME/CNE Credit

CME Credit:
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE Credit:
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity was approved for 8.75 contact hours.


In the heart of Vanderbilt's campus, the Student Life Center strives to be the center of the Vanderbilt Community by providing exemplary customer service and state of the art facilities.  Within walking distance of hotels and restaurants close to campus the Student Life Center provides a welcoming environment for meetings of all sizes.
CPPA group rate at the Nashville Marriott is full.  Please find standard rates and alternatives below

Marriott Nashville
Located within walking distance of the Student Life Center on the Vanderbilt University campus, Marriott Nashville is one of the area's premier West End Nashville hotels. Offering outstanding accommodations on the city's West End Avenue, guests will enjoy the hotel's proximity to Vanderbilt University, downtown Nashville, Centennial Park and the famed Parthenon.

To make room reservations at the Nashville Marriott CLICK HERE

Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt
After a multi-million dollar renovation, the Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt is conveniently located near Nashville's premier attractions. Take a complimentary shuttle to downtown or cross the street for a picnic in Centennial Park.  

To make room reservations at the Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt  CLICK HERE

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Immerse yourself in old and new Nashville at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel—your stage for exploring the vibrant city we call home. Located across from Vanderbilt University in the West End—minutes from the city’s most renowned attractions.

To make room reservations at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel  CLICK HERE

Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt
One of the newest accommodations on the block, Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt offers a comfortable home away from home.  Offering complimentary shuttle service to local attractions and entertainment options, Homewood Suites by Hilton offers superior hospitality for a great stay in Nashville. 

To make suite reservations at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt  CLICK HERE


There are two payment options for our October 2015 Promoting Professionalism Course:

Please mail to:
Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy
ATTN: Professional Accountability Course
2135 Blakemore Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212-3505     Attn: Keith Rawlings

To pay by credit card please use our Credit Card Payment Form found at the link HERE.  It can be printed then faxed or mailed to the CPPA Office via the instructions on the form.


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