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2020 Interprofessional Patient Safety Conference

» 2020 Interprofessional Patient Safety Conference

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2020 2nd Annual Interprofessional Patient Safety Conference

Sunday, March 8, 2020   |   The Waterfront Beach Resort Hilton, Huntington Beach, CA

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+ - About the Conference

Chapman University School of Pharmacy is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Interprofessional Patient Safety Conference will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at The Waterfront Beach Resort Hilton in Huntington Beach, CA

The IPSC is followed after Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s 8th Annual World Patient Safety Science & Technology Summit, which shares the same mission as IPSC to deepen health providers’ learning around topics related to preventable medical errors and deaths with the goal of achieving “Zero Preventable Deaths by 2020.” Embracing this shared purpose, participants will learn with and from each other in case-based workshops, as well as from speakers who are experts in the topic areas and are committed to improving patient safety worldwide.

During this conference, the participants will:

  • Enhance their knowledge and skills about patient safety in an interprofessional environment
  • Work in an interactive learning environment that includes facilitated panel discussions and small group activities
  • Have opportunities to network with the conference peers
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion
  • Earn CE and CME credits (licensed health professionals only)

Breakfast and lunch are included.

+ - Conference Agenda

Click HERE to view the conference agenda and schedule

+ - Speakers

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David Mayer, MD
Executive Director, MedStar Institute for Quality & Safety

David Mayer, MD is executive director of the MedStar Institute for Quality & Safety (MIQS).  In this role, Dr. Mayer leads specific quality and safety programs in support of discovery, learning, and the application of innovative methods to operational clinical challenges. Dr. Mayer also serves as chief executive officer for the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, where he leads global Patient Safety efforts and initiatives, and serves on the Clinical Advisory Board for The Leap Frog Group where he provides his expertise in fostering the organization’s mission of driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care.

Prior to his appointment as executive director, MIQS Dr. Mayer served for over six years as vice president, quality and safety for MedStar Health, overseeing the infrastructure for clinical quality and its operational efficiency for MedStar and each of its entities. Dr. Mayer also designs and directs systemwide activity for patient safety and risk reduction programs.

Dr. Mayer joined MedStar from the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. Over the course of 10 years, he held numerous roles including co-executive director of the UIC Institute for Patient Safety Excellence, director of UIC Masters of Science Patient Safety Leadership Program, associate dean for Education, and associate chief medical officer for Quality and Safety Graduate Medical Education. Concurrent with his other roles, he served as vice chair for Quality and Safety for the Department of Anesthesiology, where he was an associate professor of Anesthesiology and director of Cardiac Anesthesiology. Dr. Mayer also founded and has led the Annual Telluride International Patient Safety Roundtable and Patient Safety Medical Student Summer Camp for the last thirteen years.

In addition, he has significant experience in the private sector as director of Medical Affairs of the Hospital Products Division of Abbott Laboratories and was president and founder of Esurg Corporation.

Dr. Mayer attended the University of Illinois at Chicago for both his undergraduate and medical degrees. He completed his internship and residency at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in cardiac anesthesia. Additionally, he co-produced the patient safety educational film series titled “The Faces of Medical Error…From Tears to Transparency,” which won numerous awards including the prestigious Aegis Film Society Top Short Documentary Award.

Most recently, Dr. Mayer was recognized and elected as a member of the International Society for Quality in Health Care’s (ISQua) prestigious International Academy of Quality and Safety in Health Care (IAQS). He was listed on the Becker’s Hospital Review 2017 and 2018 lists of Top 50 people leading patient safety. He was also one of four medical professionals presented with the 2017 Humanitarian Award from the Patient Safety Movement Foundation for his lifesaving achievements in patient safety. He was selected by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) as an International Quality and Safety Expert, has been presented with the 2013 Founders’ Award from the American College of Medical Quality, the University of Illinois/American Association of Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award for his commitment to teaching, service and patient advocacy, and was recognized by the Institute of Medicine in Chicago in 2010 with the Sprague Patient Safety Award.

He regularly presents and writes on topics related to quality and patient safety, and has received grant funding from the United States Department of Education, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.

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Carole Hemmelgarn, MS, MS
Patient Advocate and Educator

Carole Hemmelgarn, MS, MS, has worked in healthcare for over 30 years. Her personal interest in the field of Patient Safety has led Carole to get a Master of Science Degree in Patient Safety Leadership from the University of Illinois Chicago. Carole is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois Chicago and Georgetown University teaching in their master’s programs for Patient Safety. She holds a second master’s degree in Health Care Ethics from Creighton University. Carole is involved in patient safety work across the country.  She sits on the Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety at MedStar Health, Board of Quality, Safety and Experience at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes Collaborative at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Clinical Excellence Council for Colorado Hospital Association, Board of Directors for the Collaborative for Accountability and Improvement and MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety Advisory Board. Her passion resides in the area of Communication and Resolution Programs, health care communication, storytelling in health care and the aftermath endured by providers, patients and families when medical harm transpires.

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Pat Patton, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer, University of California Irvine Health

Pat Patton, MSN, RN is currently the Chief Nursing Officer at University of California Irvine Health. Prior to this Pat was at Catholic Health Initiatives for 16 years. During those 16 years Pat held many positions both in the local market as well as at the national level.   Pat most recently was the System VP of Nursing Operations at CHI where he was responsible for Operations, Leadership Development, Magnet and Pathway to Excellence oversight, staffing and scheduling as well as other duties.  Prior to coming to Colorado, Pat was the CNO/COO at a CHI hospital in Kentucky. Pat is active in the American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL), Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) as well as the American Nurses Associate (ANA).  

Pat received his Masters of Nursing Administration from the University of Kentucky and his Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Florida A&M University. He also has additional training in faith community nursing.

Pat has been married for 16 years to Kirk Patton. Pat and Kirk have 4 children between them, three daughters and one son.  They are also new grandfathers as of 2018. Their children are all adults now and live in New York, Nebraska and Colorado. Kirk and Pat currently live in San Clemente, California with their dog Addy.


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Elizabeth Rebo, PharmD, MBA, CPPS
Executive Director, Pharmacy Quality and Medicine Safety, Kaiser Permanente

Elizabeth graduated in 2000 from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences.  She then attended the University of South Carolina and received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2004. Upon graduation, Elizabeth worked as a critical care pharmacist at Wake Forest University Baptist Health.  In 2006, Elizabeth moved to Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and served as the investigational drug studies/medication safety clinical pharmacist, until 2009, at which time she became the medication safety coordinator for the Novant Health Winston Salem market.  In 2010 Elizabeth moved into a system role as the medication safety manager, with responsibilities over 13 acute care facilities.  In 2013 Elizabeth moved to Atlanta, GA and worked until 2019 at WellStar Health System, last serving as the executive director of medication safety.  In December 2019 Elizabeth moved to Downey, CA and is currently serving as the executive director of pharmacy quality and medication safety for Kaiser Permanente’s national pharmacy services. 

Elizabeth has been actively involved in the ASHP Medication Safety Section Advisory Group, serving as chair in 2016-2017.  She’s also served as a Board Member at Large from 2014-2016 with the Atlanta Academy of Institutional Pharmacy. 

+ - Registration


Registration rate:

The early-bird registration rate is $40 for students and $70 for professionals if registered before 12/31/19. Standard rate is $50 for students and $85 for professionals if registered after 1/1/20. Co-convener special rate is $25 for students and $60 for professionals.

Students Professionals
Early-Bird Rate
(if registered before 1/17/20)
$40.00 $70.00
Standard Rate
(if registered after 1/17/20)
$50.00 $85.00
Special Rate* 
(promotional code required; rate valid until 3/8/20)
$25.00 $60.00


*Co-Convener institutions/organizations' members must obtain a promotional code from their institutions/organizations. After filling out required information on the registration website, enter a promotional code and click "Apply" before Check-Out (below is a sample image.) 

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If you have any questions on registration or co-convener special rate, please contact Yeji Mowrer at mowrer@chapman.edu 

+ - Student Scholarship

Student Scholarships to attend the 2020 Interprofessional Patient Safety Conference are available! All health profession program students are invited to apply.

Scholarship Application:

  • Click HERE to download the student scholarship application
  • Submit the completed application and your CV or resume to Yeji Mowrer at mowrer@chapman.edu by Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 5PM (PST.)
Scholarships will include:


The scholarship recipients will be announced in February, 2020. The recipients MUST attend 2020 Interprofessional Patient Safety Conference on March 8, 2020 to receive the scholarship. After their attendance is confirmed, they will be notified with more details on scholarship distribution.

*hotel accommodations apply to students from out-of-California, Northern California and San Diego only

**applicants MUST specify in the application to be considered for this additional scholarship benefit. 


+ - 2020 IPSC Sponsors

Title Sponsor
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Gold Sponsor
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The Sethi Family


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Silver Sponsor
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Bronze Sponsor
 logo of cshp

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Become a Sponsor

To become a sponsor of 2020 Interprofessional Patient Safety Conference, please use the Sponsorship Opportunities form to find sponsorship and underwriting opportunities. 

For questions and more information, please contact Yeji Mowrer at mowrer@chapman.edu

+ - 2020 IPSC Co-Conveners

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 patient safety movement foundation logo
logo of ralphs pharmacy
logo of uci health 

For more information on how to become a co-convener, please contact Yeji Mowrer at mowrer@chapman.edu

2019 1st Annual Interprofessional Patient Safety Conference

Learn more about the 1st Interprofessional Patient Safety Conference held on January 20, 2019

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+ - About the Conference

Chapman University School of Pharmacy successfully hosted the Inaugural CUSP Interprofessional Patient Safety Conference (IPSC) on January 20, 2019 at Huntington Beach Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort. Over 250 conference attendees including leaders from academia, industry, health systems and most importantly students from multiple schools and disciplines representing pharmacy, nursing, medicine, physician assistant and other health specialists learned together and form each other about the broader issues of patient safety and techniques to improve patient safety that health providers need to know and consider in their daily lives.

IPSC invited key speakers from PSMF held at an adjacent conference center, who presented about on core concepts and the future of patient safety initiatives as well as updates from the PSMF Summit: Joe Kiani, James Cappon, MD (video conference,) Keith Lewis, MD, PRh, Rafael Ortega, MD, Robert Canelli, MD, and Richard Carmona, MD, MPH.

See agenda for details.

+ - 2019 Sponsors

A special thank you to our 2019 Interprofessional Patient Safety sponsors:

Children's Hospital of Orange County logo  

CSHP logo

Safe Biologics logo

For more information on 2020 sponsorship, please contact Yeji Mowrer at mowrer@chapman.edu