The Langston Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation offers activities that directly align with the center’s three goals:
Support and disseminate innovation
The Langston Center collaborates with VCU Health (the health system and all health science schools), the community and organizations (industry, non-governmental, special interest groups and professional organizations) to develop innovative proposals that enhance quality and safety.
Provide educational opportunities
The Langston Center provides educational offerings for health professionals, faculty and students that complement educational efforts offered through the VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care. Listed below are efforts planned for the first two to three years:
- Annual symposium: The center will feature quality and safety projects from VCU Health, academic programs and outside experts. The inaugural lecture on Oct. 29, 2015, “Envisioning Healthcare Organizations to Achieve the Triple Aim,” will be delivered by Diana J. Mason, Ph.D., president of the American Academy of Nursing, and followed by a panel and a reception.
- Educational offerings: Plans include monthly lectures featuring quality and safety experts, panel discussions and innovative practices that link to the signature Langston Center projects mentioned above. The lectures are open to everyone and will include Continuing Education Credit.
- Academic partnerships: The Langston Center considers partnering with other entities in and outside of VCU to offer online courses in quality and safety for faculty, staff or students who seek courses for academic credit or certification. Examples include courses or a subset of classes within a program, such as Doctor of Nursing Practice, or the Institute for Healthcare Improvement online course.
- Academic program education support: The Langston Center broadly supports the education of VCU students in the area of quality and safety in a number of ways. Examples include students engaged in quality safety work such as DNP capstones or Ph.D. research. The Langston Center also supports other graduate students and medical residents conducting quality and safety studies or projects as required by their academic programs.
- Langston Quality Scholars Program: The Langston Center offers an 8-10 month experiential learning program to teams of clinicians training in leadership and performance improvement while they are solving an actual quality and safety problem they have identified in their clinical setting.
Establish the Langston Center as a national and international resource
The Langston Center has a program for visiting scholars to take full advantage of the center’s unique broad focus. Visiting scholars will include students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, practitioners and administrators interested in quality and safety.
There is an application process to become a visiting scholar. Langston Center staff will partner scholars with a mentor who is an affiliate expert faculty. Together with center staff, the mentor will set up a program that fulfills the visiting scholar’s goals.