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Integrating Quality Initiative


Integrating Quality (IQ) mission is to lead and support AAMC members in achieving safe, high-quality, high-value health care that is driven by continuous quality improvement implemented throughout inter-professional education and clinical practice. An annual event, the Integrating Quality Conference, brings the academic medicine community together while other opportunities exist to learn, engage, and foster care delivery and educational transformation. Learn more about IQ.

Annual AAMC Integrating Quality Conference

Each year the AAMC hosts the Integrating Quality Conference – the professional development event for clinical and educational leaders, faculty, educators, trainees, and students from across the health professions in academic medicine who are advancing health care quality, patient safety, and high-value care innovations.

Save the Date

12th Annual Integrating Quality Conference
June 4-5, 2020
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Kansas City, Missouri

Important Dates:

  • Call for Abstracts: Mid-November to Late December 2019
  • Abstract Acceptance Notices: February 2020
  • Registration Opens: Book Hotel & Travel: March to May 2020

Past Conferences:

2019 Integrating Quality Conference: Getting on Track to Achieve Health Equity
2018 Integrating Quality Conference: A Decade of Progress Bridging Health Care Quality and Education
2017 Integrating Quality Meeting: Achieving the Quadruple Aim

Learn More
If you have questions or would like to suggest topics or speakers for the future, please contact the AAMC Integrating Quality Team, or 202-828-0611.

About Integrating Quality


To lead and support AAMC members in achieving safe, high-quality, high-value health care that is driven by continuous quality improvement and implemented throughout inter-professional education and clinical practice.


Academic health systems will lead the nation in quality and safety education, research and clinical performance, to improve the health of all.

IQ MODEL: Integrating Quality Across AMCs

Developed in 2008 with input from the IQ Steering Committee, the IQ Model depicts some of the key factors that contribute to coordinated approaches to quality across academic medical centers, including organizational commitment to quality and safety, team-based training and care, education across the continuum, assessment and data analysis, and ongoing QI activities.

AAMC Quality Resources

Resources for improving clinical quality and integrating education and training into these efforts:

  • Academic Medicine: Quality & Safety Collection of Papers

  • IQLink Newsletter:

    IQLink is a product of the AAMC Integrating Quality Initiative that is leading and supporting member institutions in achieving safe, high-quality, high-value health care that is driven by continuous quality improvement implemented throughout interprofessional education and clinical practice. IQLink provides access to news and updates, recent publications, funding announcements, and professional development opportunities.

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    Steering Committee

    2019-2020 AAMC IQ Steering Committee Members

    Brian M. Wong, MD, FRCPC
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Associate Director, Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (C-QuIPS)
    Department of Medicine, University of Toronto

    Vice Chair:
    Christopher Kim, MD, MBA, SFHM
    Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
    Associate Medical Director for Quality and Safety
    University of Washington Medical Center

    Vineet Arora, MD
    Associate Chief Medical Officer for Learning Environment
    University of Chicago

    Thomas Ciesielski, MD
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    APD for Curriculum Development
    Director of the Medicine Preliminary and Neurology Track
    GME Director of Patient Safety Education and the CLER Program, Dept. of Medicine
    Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes Jewish Hospital

    Mary A. Dolansky, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Associate Professor
    Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
    Case Western Reserve University

    Robert Dressler, MD, MBA
    Quality and Safety Officer
    Academic and Medical Affairs
    Christiana Care Health System

    Jennifer Myers, MD
    Professor of Clinical Medicine
    Director, Quality and Safety Education, Department of Medicine
    Director, Center for Healthcare Improvement & Patient Safety
    Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

    David W. Price, MD, FAAFP, FACEHP
    Senior Vice President, ABMS Research and Education Foundation
    Executive Director, ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program
    Professor, Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
    American Board of Medical Specialties

    Niraj Sehgal, MD, MPH
    Vice President & Chief Quality Officer
    Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
    UCSF Health

    Darlene Tad-y, MD
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Associate Vice Chair of Quality, Dept. of Medicine
    Director for GME Quality and Safety Programs
    University of Colorado, School of Medicine

    Michael D. Williams, MD, FACS
    Director of The UVA Center for Health Policy
    Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Integration
    Associate Professor of Surgery
    University of Virginia Medical Center

    Student/ Trainee Members:
    Aydin Zahedivash
    AAMC Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) Liaison to the Committee
    Medical Student
    University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School

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