Pre- & Post-Conference Session Abstracts
Thursday, November 13, 2003

Focus on the Federal Sector: Federal Day 2003
Presenters will include senior representatives from the Federal Sector. Speakers to be announced.
Thursday, November 13, 2003, 7:45 am – 5:15 pm

Federal Day 2003 promises to provide a wide variety of relevant, fascinating presentations on today’s rapidly changing federal environment. Major topics will include current developments in the US Public Health Service, Homeland Defense, the Veterans Administration, and the Army Medical Command. Distinguished and stimulating speakers will inform you about deployment issues for Navy medicine, sweeping changes to TRICARE, and more. Don’t miss it! Continental breakfast is served at 7:00 am. Luncheon included. Additional fee applies.

The Model Management of Clinical Trials
Speakers: Mace L. Rothenberg, MD                 Kelly M. Willenberg, RN, BSN, MS                 Janet Fry, BSN, OCN, CCRP                 Melissa Sullivan, CCRP                 Donna Key, BSVanderbilt Ingram Comprehensive Cancer Center
Nashville TN
Thursday, November 13, 2003, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Five Vanderbilt specialists will discuss how to set up a model management system to administer clinical trials. If you want to increase your clinical trials business or partner with other organizations, whether you are a large institution or a rural outlying hospital that wants to gain access to clinical trials, this session is for you.

Learn about the history of drug development and clinical trials as well as ethical issues. You will examine the “how to’s” of budgeting, negotiating, and identifying the hidden costs of conducting clinical trials including what language to look for in a contract. Discussion will include an update on the most recent federal mandates for data and safety monitoring of clinical trials and the application of federal regulations to research protocols. Additional fee applies

A Report from AAMA’s AIA Liaison: Making Hospital Design Better
Speaker: Christopher Upton, AIA, CSI
E2 Architects and Planners, Alpharetta, GA
Thursday, November 13, 2003, 5:15 – 6:30 pm

In order to keep pace with the numerous changes in healthcare, the “Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospital and Health Care Facilities” are updated every four-five years. Authorities in 42 states, JCAHO, and several federal departments will use these guidelines as a standard of minimum design when reviewing, approving, surveying and licensing facilities. This seminar will be to review the changes that have been approved for the 2005 draft and what additional changes are being considered. Chris Upton is the AAMA liaison to AIA for this guideline revision process.

Using Six Sigma to Improve Patient Safety
Speaker: Jackie Luchsinger, RN,MS
GE Medical Systems
Saturday, November 15, 2003, 1:30 – 4:45 pm

Learn how Six Sigma and related change management methodologies are being effectively applied in a variety of healthcare organizations to reduce medical errors, improve patient safety and eliminate variability in the delivery of care. Additional fee applies.

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