Description of Poster Sessions
and the Awards/Trophy Program
Throughout the United States and across the globe, clinical laboratories are using Process Improvement, Lean, Six Sigma, and other quality management systems and methods with great success. To foster greater exchange of ideas, successes, and best practice achievements, Lab Quality Confab provides the opportunity for lab practitioners of quality management to submit an abstract of their process improvement or Lean/Six Sigma project and, upon acceptance, to receive an invitation to present that project at the Poster Presentation Sessions to be conducted at the annual
Lab Quality Confab.
The objective of the poster sessions is to cultivate world-class collaborations among executives, administrators, and everyone working in hospitals, health systems, and clinical laboratories interested in quality management methods and systems.
Poster topics should be related to specific projects that incorporated recognized philosophies, methodologies, and techniques used in process improvement and quality management systems like Lean, Six Sigma, ISO, and others. Poster topics can deal with pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical work flow. Also, other aspects of laboratory operations and organizational functions that were the subject of a quality management project are appropriate. Poster abstracts should outline the problem, describe the steps taken to identify the opportunities for improvement, discuss the implementation of the project, and include the before-during-after measurements used to gauge the effectiveness of the quality management project.
Benefits of Presenting
- This is a great opportunity to present a poster displaying your laboratory organization’s quality improvement efforts to the most enthusiastic quality practitioners in laboratory medicine in the United States and across the world. Through this forum, innovative ideas will be shared with industry professionals who are actively seeking solutions and approaches to work flow redesign and process improvement that they can take back and use in their own laboratories. The new friendships and professional relationships formed as a consequence of your poster presentation will certainly be beneficial to advancing your professional skills in process improvement and quality management.
- Poster Presenters will receive a discount from the full registration price of the two-day Lab Quality Confab. This registration includes access to all sessions, business forum, exhibit hall, breakfast, lunch and the evening reception. This registration may be transferred to another quality team member in your organization who will substitute and conduct the poster presentation. Only one discounted registration will be granted, regardless of the number of presenters that will attend. Presenters are encouraged to participate fully in the conference when not presenting.
- The poster abstract will be listed on the Lab Quality Confab website.
Posters are available for viewing by attendees beginning at 7:00 AM on the first day of the event. Posters will be presented on Tuesday-Wednesday of the event. There will be two public sessions, one each day, running from 7:00 AM to 8:50 AM. Presenters will be required to be present at their poster station during these two morning sessions and should be prepared to explain their presented work to the Lab Quality Confab attendees. If multiple presenters are involved, only one need be present at a time. Process Improvement and Lean-Six Sigma Poster Presenters interested in being judged for the trophies and cash awards will be scheduled to present for the panel of judges.
DEADLINE FOR POSTER SUBMISSIONS IS OCTOBER 1.
For submission guidelines and application link, click here
Poster Session Winners from the 2017
Lab Quality Confab Poster Competition
View the winning submissions from last year’s competition below.
To download, click on the link below the image.
FIRST PLACE POSTER
“Go LEAN – Save Your Steps for the Gym: Improving Molecular Turnaround Time”
Judy Benninghoff, MT(ASCP), SSGB, representing Alverno Clinical Laboratories
SECOND PLACE POSTER
“Power of Lean Methodology in Clinical Laboratory Application: A Story of Process Improvement”
Fadi Alzayer, CHT, CHS(ABHI),CM, CSSGB, representing King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center
THIRD PLACE POSTER
“Achieving Efficiency and Profitability in a Referral Testing Lab Using DMAIC: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control”
Jane Smith, representing the TriCore Reference Laboratories