April 27th, 2017

2017 Visiting Professor Talks QI and Patient Safety with Mayo Residents and Faculty

By Justin Fiala, M.D.

Each year, the Internal Medicine chief residents are tasked with inviting a speaker to give the keynote address at Mayo Clinic's annual Visiting Professor Medical Grand Rounds.  This year's speaker was Dr. Sumant Ranji, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Dr. Sumant Ranji, the 2017 Visiting Professor, giving the keynote address at Medical Grand Rounds.

Dr. Ranji is a leader in the fields of Quality Improvement (QI) and Patient Safety on both the national and international level, with research focusing primarily on the intersection of graduate medical education, patient safety, and quality.

His Medical Grand Rounds talk focused on the many challenges associated with effectively integrating QI curricula into medical training programs and offered illustrative, real-world examples of both successful and not-so-successful initiatives that he has seen at his own institution. Whether trainee or faculty, attendees left Dr. Ranji's talk with practical pearls for creating and implementing successful QI and patient safety initiatives.


Internal Medicine residents mingling at the Annual Visiting Professor Dinner at the Mayo Foundation House.

Beyond his keynote address, Dr. Ranji also got to interact with our Internal Medicine residents directly and get a sense of what residency training at Mayo is like. The night before his Grand Rounds address he had dinner with our residents at the historic Mayo Foundation House, where he delivered a tailored talk about the crucial roles that residents play in providing safe, high-quality patient care and in implementing sustainable QI initiatives. The talk was a hit among the 60-plus residents in attendance and led to over an hour of additional discussion, following the talk, regarding a number of issues that impact residents on a daily basis.

Dr. Ranji taking questions from the Internal Medicine residents following his talk at the Foundation House Dinner.

Tags: QI, Quality Improvement, resident life, Visiting Professor