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ASH EQUIPS Trainee Competition

To encourage trainee innovation and foster enthusiasm for quality improvement, ASH has created the Empowering Quality Initiatives in Patient Safety (EQUIPS) Trainee Competition which will take place at the 2019 ASH annual meeting during the ASH Special Symposium on Quality.

Trainees are invited to submit a response to the question, “What is one change in clinical practice or care delivery that could improve the safety of care for patients with blood diseases?" Submissions should be limited to 500 words and focus on new ideas to improve the safety of patients with blood diseases. Each submission should outline the problem, describe its importance, and explain the quality intervention. Submissions should include the target population, key stakeholders, implementation strategy with potential barriers, and outcome metrics. Submissions may be aspirational - projects need not have been previously implemented nor is any change data required. All trainees are encouraged to apply. Individuals may submit multiple proposals, although a new form must be completed for each submission.

Three finalists will be invited to the 2019 ASH annual meeting in Orlando to deliver a five-minute presentation of their proposal. After the presentations have concluded, the session speakers, co-chairs, and the audience will question the presenters, who will defend their proposals. Submissions will be judged on the quality and originality of the proposal, presentation, and response to questions. A prize (to be announced at a later time) will be awarded to the person judged to have provided the best presentation.

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