2017 Patient Summit

The 4th Annual Patient Summit on Diagnosis

A Free Pre-Conference Session

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Boston Marriott Newton, Auburndale, MA

Who Should Attend:  Patients & health care professionals interested in working together to improve diagnosis.

Morning Session     9:00am-Noon   Patients as Partners in the Diagnostic Process

Participants will learn how partnering with providers in the diagnostic process can improve their experience. Participants will gain an understanding of the problem of diagnostic error and learn specific actions they can take to ensure quality diagnosis. The recommendations come from a panel of consumers to determine actions patients can take to improve diagnostic quality as part of the AHRQ-sponsored Using Public Deliberation to Define Patient Roles in Reducing Diagnostic Error.

Facilitator – Larry Pennings, MA, DMin, Jefferson Center, St Paul MN

Diana Rusz, MPH, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine


Funding for this session made possible by The Mont Fund

Afternoon Session   1:00-5:00pm    Co-producing Diagnosis: Writing the Illness Script

Engage in a dialogue about tools, strategies, and technology available to help patients and families improve diagnosis.

Keynote Speakers:

Patricia Folcarelli, RN, MA, PhD, Interim Vice President, Health Care Quality, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Alisa Khan, MD, MPH, Pediatric Hospitalist, Boston Children's Hospital; Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Project Leader, Patient and Family Centered I-PASS Study


Peggy Zuckerman, MEd, Patient advocate, blogger at www.peggyRCC.com

Helen Haskell, MA, President, Mothers Against Medical Error

Io Dolka, MSc, Managing Director, GreyZone; former Executive Director, Washington State Health Advocacy Association

Sue Sheridan, MBA, MIM, DHL, Co-founder and President Emerita of Consumers Advancing Patient Safety; Board of Directors, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

Carmel Crock, MBBS, FACEM, BLitt, Emergency Department, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, AU

Join us for the Patient Summit for a full or half day!

Lunch and refreshments are included if you stay for the full day.

You can sign up to attend the Patient Summit in two ways:

1) If you are attending the full Diagnostic Error Conference you can sign up through the normal registration process. 

2) If you are not planning on attending the full conference, but would like to attend the Patient Summit, please email info@improvediagnosis.org with your name, organization, email and phone and if you are planning to attend the morning or afternoon session or both. Please put Patient Summit in the subject line of your email.

Questions: email info@improvediagnosis.org

Society to Improve
Diagnosis in Medicine
1501 Hinman Ave, #7B
Evanston, Il 60201