7th Annual Quality and Safety Symposium – Poster Session

The poster session is a linchpin component of every Quality and Safety Symposium, unique among most at the University of Iowa because organizers welcome works in progress. The spirit of collaboration is threaded throughout the rest of the conference and there is no reason that by presenting one’s work to a group of like-minded peers, new ideas or new directions for the work could not emerge.

On the evening of the first day of the QSS, forty researchers from multiple departments and colleges delivered their discoveries to a roving team of judges and other guests. Topics were as varied as the departments that house the presenters. But each of the researchers used elements of teamwork, fresh ways of examining a problem, and a willingness to not take anything for granted.

After the judges scores were tallied the next morning, the following winners–with many ties!–were announced at the second day’s keynote, during Internal Medicine Grand Rounds. Pictures from that portion, including the Poster Pearls selected from abstract submissions delivered earlier in the day, are coming soon.

Congratulations to session organizer, Wendy Fiordellisi, MD, and special thanks to the many people and sponsors who worked behind the scenes to ensure the session was such a success.


  • Elizabeth Mann – 1st place (tie)
    A case-control study exploring the impact of care coordination tools on healthcare utilization of children with special healthcare needs and mental health diagnoses
  • Kyle Kesler – 1st place (tie)
    Use of Live Fluoroscopy vs. Traditional Radiographs in Hand Clinic – Effects on Clinic Flow and Cost.
  • Deepika Raghavan – 2nd place
    Upstream Obstetrics: Assessing the Prevalence of Food Insecurity in a High-Risk Obstetrics Population
  • Laura Hill – 3rd place (tie)
    Improving management of pre-diabetes in an Internal Medicine resident continuity of care clinic: Year two in review
  • Jared Peterson – 3rd place (tie)
    Improving Disease Self-Management Through Food Choice: Piloting interdisciplinary student engagement with community food pantries to impact health outcomes for food insecure populations


  • Sara Miller – 1st place
    Implementing Effective Iowa Biorepository Recruitment Strategies to Facilitate Personalized Medicine
  • Lance Evans – 2nd place
    A Multi-Faceted, Perioperative Infection Control Program Optimized by Surveillance Reduces Reservoir S. aureus Exposure and Transmission and Surgical Site Infections
  • David Katz – 3rd place (tie)
    Nurse-facilitated tobacco treatment in cancer patients who smoke
  • David Weetman – 3rd place (tie)
    Heparin FMEA – Impacting Patient Safety through Optimization of Heparin Infusion Use


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