Quality and Safety for Leaders in Women’s Health Care, New York, NY

December 13 — 14, 2019

Join us at the state-of-the-art Michael and Mary Jaharis Simulation Center at Columbia University’s Irving Medical Center in New York, NY as we master tools and strategies to promote communication and teamwork that can lead to
improved quality of care and patient safety:

  • Methods to change organizational culture
  • Peer review protections
  • Impact of human factors
  • Clinical performance improvement tools
  • Simulations and drills to improve patient safety

Course Description

Does your health care facility foster a culture of safety for both patients and providers? Is there an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration? This 2-day interactive course provides practical tools and techniques for you to improve patient safety and quality of care at your institutions. 

Day 1: 

  • Assessing Leadership and Management Skills Group Exercise
  • Checklists and Standardization Tools
  • The Medical Staff Leaders’ Challenge
  • Clinical Performance Improvement Tools
  • Human Factors and Patient Safety Technology
  • Peer Review Protections
  • Changing Physician Behavior
  • Professionalism: The Key to a Culture of Safety

Day 2:

  • Drills and Simulations
  • Just Culture
  • The Second Victim: Effects of Medical Errors on Providers
  • OB Hospitalist Programs
  • Disclosure of Unanticipated Outcomes with Legal Considerations
  • Collaborative Teams
  • Safety and the Aging Physician with Legal Considerations
  • Social Media, Patient Safety, and Confidentiality 

Course Director       

  • Dena Goffman, MD, FACOG

Course Faculty

  • Ian Donaldson, JD
  • John Keats, MD, CPE, FACOG, FACPE
  • Patrice M. Weiss, MD, FACOG

Skills and Techniques

After completing this course, participants should be able to:

  • Improve team building and communication techniques
  • Implement the use of drills and simulations at your institution or improve existing mechanisms
  • Disclose adverse events and implement strategies to assist the patients, their families, and the second victim 

Who Should Attend

  • Present or rising physician leaders in hospital ob-gyn departments, ambulatory care centers, or multi-specialty groups
  • Nurse leaders in hospital Labor and Delivery departments, such as nurse managers and unit directors

Hotel Discount

We are pleased to offer a discounted block of hotel rooms near the Mary & Michael Jaharis Simulation Center at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center where the course will be held. Hotel Beacon NYC is situated just five miles away. Attendees can travel from the hotel to the course location via car/taxi/rideshare along the Hudson River. This hotel is located at the corner of Broadway and W 75th. Overlooking Broadway and the Hudson River to the west, Central Park to the east, and the bright lights of Midtown to the south, each Hotel Beacon room offers a different Manhattan view from the comfort of the Upper West Side. Course participants are welcome to make other lodging arrangements.

Hotel room rate:

$275 Single or Double
$325 Single or Double Suite

To make your hotel reservations directly, please call 212.787.1100 ext. 2 between 9:00am and 6:00pm ET Monday through Friday and mention the group name, “December 2019 ACOG Quality and Safety Course” to receive the reduced rate. Guests may also email, at reservations@beaconhotel.com with December 2019 ACOG Quality and Safety Course in the subject line or by registering online and using the group code below:

Group Code: 8738546

It should be noted when calling, guests do need to call between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm to receive the reduced rate.

To receive the discounted rate, rooms must be booked by 11:59pm on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Earn CNE Units

Continuing Nursing Education contact units from the Maryland Nurses Association will be available.

Registration Fees

  • ACOG Fellows / Junior Fellows in Practice 
    • On or before October 18, 2019 -- $900
    • After October 18, 2019 -- $1,000
  • ACOG Life Fellows, Junior Fellow Residents, Subspecialty Fellows, Educational Affiliates, Associate Members – $550 (Verification required for lower fee)
  • Nurse leaders attending the course as part of their hospital team with an ACOG Fellow – $650
  • Others – $1,100
  • On-site registration (subject to availability) – additional $100 *Fees include breakfast and lunch 


"The course far exceeded my expectations. This course should be required for any member that is going to be in a leadership role. Plan on attending the course again in the future. So much valuable material, I am afraid I will not retain it all."

– Course participant


Please note that course registration is limited to ensure active participation and personalized instruction. There has been a waiting list for this course in the past.

Register by fax:
To register by fax using VISA/MasterCard/AMEX, please print this form, fill in the information, and fax the form to (202) 488-0787.

Register by phone: Please call (800) 673-8444, ext. 2540/2541 or (202) 863-2540/2541 on weekdays from 9:00am – 5:00pm ET. Credit cards are accepted. 

Register Online


Learn about our other course: Supporting Simulation Training for Obstetric Patient Safety

Friday, December 13, 2019
7:00 AM – 7:30 AM Continental Breakfast
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Buffet Lunch
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Course Lectures and Group Interaction 

Saturday, December 14, 2019
7:00 AM – 7:30 AM Continental Breakfast
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Buffet Lunch
7:30 AM – 4:45 PM Course Lectures and Group Interaction  

ACCME Accreditation
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists designates this live activity for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

College Cognate Credit(s)
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists designates this live activity for a maximum of 13 Category 1 College Cognate Credits. The College has a reciprocity agreement with the AMA that allows AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to be equivalent to College Cognate Credits

The breakdown of the number of credits for each day of the meeting is as follows:

Friday  - 7 credits
Saturday - 6 credits

Course Director: Dena Goffman, MD

John P. Keats, MD, CPE, FACOG, FACPE 
Patrice M. Weiss, MD, FACOG
Ian Donaldson, JD

• Hotel: Hotel Beacon, New York, NY

 Hotel booking: Make reservations online or call 212.787.1100 ext. 2 between
   9:00am and 6:00pm ET Monday through Friday and mention the group name,
  “December  2019 ACOG Quality and Safety Course” to receive the reduced rate.

• Room rate deadline: 11:59 pm ET, October 10, 2019



American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188
Mailing Address: PO Box 96920, Washington, DC 20024-9998