• TMA Quality Poster Session and Competition

    • TMA’s fourth annual Quality Poster Session, sponsored by the TMF Health Quality Institute, will take place at TexMed 2016 in Dallas.

      Physicians and medical professionals will have the chance to share their successes and breakthroughs in improving patient care with their peers from around the state. This will be a great opportunity for participants to not only report on their quality improvement methods and best practices, but also to gain inspiration from their colleagues’ approaches to providing quality patient care, and to identify new quality improvement techniques to take back and implement in their own practices.

      Call for Abstracts: October 1, 2015 to March 25, 2016


  • How Can I Participate?

    • Have a success or solution you want to share? Submit an abstract and create a poster for the session at TexMed 2016, April 30 at the Hilton Anatole Dallas!

      Creatively and visually depict something special that you are doing in your practice or work that demonstrates an improvement or research project in one or more of the six aspects of Quality Care as defined by the Institute of Medicine or a general clinical project.

            Six Aspects of Quality Care:

      • Safe: avoids injuries to patients from care that is intended to help them
      • Timely: reduces waits and delays for both those who receive care and those who give care
      • Effective: based on scientific knowledge, extended to all likely to benefit while avoiding underuse and overuse
      • Equitable: provides consistent quality, without regard to personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and socioeconomic status
      • Efficient: avoids waste, including waste of equipment, supplies, ideas, and energy
      • Patient-centered: respects and responds to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions
  • Checklist for Submitting an Abstract

    • Here's a list of items to review, complete, and submit:
      1. Timeline - Important Dates and Time

        Application Instructions (pdf)

        October 1, 2015

        TexMed 2016 Quality Poster Session Application Packet is available online.

        March 25, 2016, Midnight

        Deadline. Final submission date for applicants.

        March 2016

        Accepted abstracts are provided with further information.

        April 4, 2016

        Final applicants are notified on submissions.

        April 30, 2016  7 to 7:50 am

        Poster setup for TexMed 2016 Quality Poster Session and continuing medical education (CME) session.

        April 30, 2016  7:50 to 8:00 am

        Awards ceremony for first, second, and third place winners.

        April 30, 2016   8 to 9:00 am

        Hosted Poster Session. Selected submissions will be expected to host their posters for one-on-one presentation and Q&A (or have a member of the team do so).

        April 30, 2016  9 am to 1:30 pm

        Posters In Exhibit Hall. Posters will be on display to TexMed 2016 conference attendees.

        April 30, 2016  1:30 to 2 pm

        Poster Breakdown. Poster exhibitors will be expected to pack their posters. TMA cannot guarantee safety or condition of posters after this time.

      2.  Select appropriate abstract form
        Quality Improvement
          Quality Research

      3. Complete Biographical Data and Disclosure form   

        Note: A TMA physician, resident or student member must be either the primary, secondary author or a member of the project team.

      4. The deadline for submitting the abstract and Bio/Disclosure form: March 25, 2016
        E-mail completed forms to posters@texmed.org  

      5. Examples and Templates:
        Problem Statement Template and Example
        SMART Aim Statement Template and Examples
        PI and Project Measures Example
        Charts and Graphs  

      6. Make your poster, See Poster Guidelines and Sample Poster Layout   

      7. Register for the conference.

      8. Make hotel reservation. 

      Review Procedure

      TMA’s selected physician judges will evaluate the abstract forms using established criteria.  Notification of the acceptance status of all submitted abstracts and further instruction (if accepted) will be provided as quickly as possible. The notification of acceptance of abstracts will include specific directions on poster requirements, poster exhibitor location and instructions on how to redeem the $100 travel voucher.

  • How Does the Poster Session Work?

    • An official, Author hosted presentation will take place from 8:00-9:00 am on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Hilton Anatole Dallas.

      Abstract authors will have the opportunity to discuss their posters with physician attendees.  Posters will then be on display for viewing throughout the rest of the day. Selected physician judges will review the abstracts and determine scores.

      Quality Improvement

      Cliff T. Fullerton, MD, MS
      Dr. Fullerton is the chief medical officer (CMO) for Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance (BSWQA), and chief officer for population health at Baylor Scott & White Health. During Dr. Fullerton's tenure at the Baylor Health Care System (BHCS), he has been extensively involved with the 650-physician Health Texas Provider Network (HTPN), where he has served as chief quality officer as well as president of his practice, Family Medical Center in Garland/North Garland. From his work in HTPN, he moved to BHCS, where he started the Institute of Chronic Disease and Care Redesign and was the CMO for Baylor's 2,400-physician accountable care organization, Baylor Quality Alliance. With the BHCS and Scott & White Health merger, Dr. Fullerton moved into his current position as chief officer for population health while maintaining his CMO role at BSWQA, which has grown to 3,800 physicians. Dr. Fullerton served on the board of HTPN from 1998 to 2011. He was a board member of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation from 1997 to 2002. He is a board member of Predisan USA, a nonprofit organization that supports medical missions in Olancho, Honduras, where it has a full-time staff of 82 health educators, administrative staff, nurses, and physicians. Dr. Fullerton is a member of the BHCS Operating Board, the American Academy of Family Practice, and the TMA Council on Health Care Quality. He earned his medical degree at The University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School. He served his internship at UT-Southwestern Medical School/Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, and his residency in family medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City. He received his master's of science in health care management from The University of Texas at Dallas.

      Quality Research

      Pranavi Sreeramoju, MD, MPH, CMQ, FHEA, FIDSA
      Dr. Sreeramoju is an associate professor in medicine-infectious diseases at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and chief of infection prevention at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas. Her areas of expertise include implementation science, outcomes evaluation, hospital safety culture, horizontal adaptive interventions such as positive deviance, quality improvement, patient safety, and epidemiology of health care-associated infections. Dr. Sreeramoju chairs the infection prevention and control committee at Parkland, and is a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). She serves on several national and regional quality and safety committees including the education committee of the American College of Medical Quality, the SHEA Public Policy and Government Affairs Committee, and the TMA Council on Health Care Quality. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Infectious Diseases Teacher of the Year award in 2011. She was featured in the Women in Medicine series in 2014 by the Dallas Medical Journal. She has been named one of the Top 50 leaders in Patient Safety in 2015 by Becker's Hospital Review, and was awarded the 2015 Judene Bartley Advocacy in Action Scholarship established by SHEA and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology


      Lianne Marks, MD, Ph.D., F.A.C.P.  
      Dr. Marks is an internal medicine physician at Baylor Scott & White Health and assistant professor of internal medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Round Rock. She served as the clerkship director of internal medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine from February 2009 to October 2010 and currently is the regional chair in internal medicine as well as assistant dean in educational development for the college. Dr. Marks graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in Gainesville with a degree in molecular neuroscience. She received her doctoral degree in immunology in 2002 from the University of Miami Medical School and her medical degree at the same institution in 2004. She completed her internal medicine residency in 2007 at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Marks is board certified in internal medicine and joined Scott & White in 2007. She is a member of the Williamson County Medical Society and TMA.  She is a fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Physicians.


      First, second, and third-place winners will receive prize money and special recognition at TexMed 2016. All selected submissions will receive a modest travel stipend.  March 25 is the deadline to enter.

      Doctors Choice Award: Physicians attending the author hosted poster session are asked to vote for Doctors Choice Award. This award is based on visual translation and presentation of the abstract. The Doctors Choice Award is announced at the conclusion of the author hosted hour during TexMed.

  • Should I Attend the Session If I’m Not Creating a Poster?

    • Yes! And here’s why:

      Support Your Colleagues

      The accomplishments of Texas physicians in improving the quality of health care are something to be celebrated! Show support for your colleagues by taking some time to walk through and see the great things that are happening in the Texas medical community.

      The poster session qualifies for 1 Hour of CME credit for the hosted portion (8-9 am Saturday). This will prove to be some of the most inspiring, surprising, and diverse CME you may earn this year.

      Gain Some Takeaways
      Learn what others are doing to improve quality by viewing it firsthand. Take back some best-practices, or get inspired to develop your own programs. The more we share, the more we can improve the health of all Texans.

      For more on how to submit your poster, please read the "How Can I Participate?" section above.

  • Questions About the Poster Session?

    • Contact us with any questions you have about the Quality Poster Session
      Please send completed application via e-mail to TexMed Posters
      E-mail: TexMed Posters, Phone: (512) 370-1423
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