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We are pleased to announce that the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society has recently named the Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy (CPPA) as the sole recipient of the 2016 Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award.  Created in 2009, the Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award recognizes and honors outstanding programs that model best practices in medical professionalism and education.  “Alpha Omega Alpha is pleased to recognize and promote Vanderbilt’s work to improve professionalism among physicians nationally and internationally,” said Richard L. Byyny, M.D., FACP, executive director.  Please click HERE to access the AOA Honor Medical Society website and read the full article.

RACS LogoGBH PhotoDr. Gerald Hickson recently returned from a visit to Brisbane Australia where he addressed several sessions of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  He also met with our partners at the Cognitive Institute who provide our educational program.  Read more about the work being done in Australia to promote professionalism  HERE

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We are pleased announce that our new article “Using Coworker Observations to Promote Accountability for Disrespectful and Unsafe Behaviors by Physicians and Advanced Practice Professionals” is the cover story of the April issue of The Joint Commission Journal of Quality & Patient Safety.  Our latest publication gives readers a practical roadmap for implementing a program for soliciting co-worker observations and an infrastructure for dealing with identified issues.  We have also been honored by an accompanying editorial by Richard C. Boothman, JD.  Please access the article and editorial HERE.

In addition, Becker's Hospital Review provides a summary of the work  HERE


Vanderbilt CPPA Work Featured

In Sunday's News Section of USA TODAY, "Disruptive Doctors Rattle Nurses, Increase Safety Risk" (USA Today, September 20, 2015) highlights the work we do with over 70 health systems in the United States through an interview with our Center's founder, Dr. Gerald Hickson.  Please review the USA TODAY Article Here and find out how we're striving to make medicine kinder, safer and more reliable.

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The Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy (CPPA) is an education and research center based at Vanderbilt University that supports professionalism as the foundation of safe, quality healthcare.  Since 2000 we have partnered with over 70 Healthcare Organizations to provide Data Tools and Effective Processes for promoting Professional Accountability.

Our proprietary PARS® (Patient Advocacy Reporting System) product uses our database of Over 25,000 National Healthcare Professionals along with evidence based processes to Promote Professionalism, Reduce Malpractice Risk and Increase Patient Satisfaction.

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Program or CONTACT US to see how we can help support Professionalism in Your Organization.



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for our Fall PROMOTING PROFESSIONALISM course in Nashville

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Please join Gerald B. Hickson, MD, William O. Cooper, MD, MPH, and Charles E. Reiter, III, JD in Nashville September 30 and  October 1, 2016 as we continue our mission to make healthcare kinder, safer and more reliable.

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