Thursday, May 29, 2014


Today, a small group of us at MHRI had the opportunity to visit with leaders at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in their beautiful new building on K Street diagonally across from the convention center (in fact, they just moved in 2 weeks ago and there are still wires hanging out from the walls but it did not take away from the great view from the 11th floor conference room or the warmth of their welcome). 

The primary reason to visit was to follow up on a discussion I started about their new initiative on 'Research on Care Community' or 'ROCC'. The ROCC fosters collaboration between researchers and clinical providers who are engaged in clinical effectiveness and implementation science to improve quality, safety, health equity and outcomes of their own patient populations.

ROCC supports members focused on identifying and leading approaches that advance health system and research integration, alignment of research and quality improvement, and institutional commitment to clinical effectiveness and implementation research scholarship—all through capacity building and enhancing peer learning.

This initiative is perfectly aligned with MedStar Health's initiatives around health services research (research on the delivery of care) and great way to build upon our use of research to advance patient safety and quality.  I was glad we could meet and greet these AAMC leaders with MHRI leaders in health services research, primary care research, the research development council and new leaders in research in our community-based hospitals.  I am confident the visit will pay dividends and open up many possibilities for us!

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