For Release: June 3, 2005
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Dartmouth Team Excels at National Healthcare Competition

The Dartmouth team is pictured shortly after they received their award at the University of Minnesota. They are, from left, Hank Kessler (Tuck '05), Lindsay Brooks (DHMC), Marie-Claire Rosenberg (CECS), Ryan Knapp (DMS '05) and Dr. Margaret Caudill-Slosberg (faculty advisor)

A multidisciplinary team of Dartmouth students placed 2nd in a national case competition in Minnesota where competing teams addressed several hypothetical healthcare problems through a medical error case. The Dartmouth team, which spent six weeks examining problems that arose during the fictitious patient's hospital stay, consisted of representatives from Dartmouth Medical School, The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, the Center for the Evaluative and Clinical Sciences (CECS), and a pharmacy student at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

"Each student brought a different perspective from each of their backgrounds so it was a great way for us to not only combine our skills for the competition, but to learn how other fields can positively affect healthcare," said Marie-Claire Rosenberg, a PhD student at CECS. Guided by faculty advisors Dr. Greg Ogrinc, assistant professor of community and family medicine, and Dr. Margaret Caudill-Slosberg, a fellow at the Veterans Affairs Quality Scholars Program, the Dartmouth team focused their research on analyzing the sentinel events and understanding the root causes behind the patient's complications. After extensive inter-disciplinary discussion and debate, the team developed a plan for improvement and presented it before the evaluative committee on April 9. As finalists in the national competition, they will attend a forum on quality improvement on health this December in Orlando Florida, sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare improvement


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