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Michael Fordis M.D.

Michael Fordis


Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Baylor College of Medicine

Senior Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education

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Baylor College of Medicine


Center for Collaborative & Interactive Technologies

Baylor College of Medicine

Michael Fordis, M.D., is the Senior Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and founding director of the Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technologies (CCIT) at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He also previously served as the Director of The John M. Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communications Science, the national center supported by AHRQ for translation of comparative effectiveness research findings produced by the Effective Health Care Program into actionable products for dissemination and use by clinicians, consumers, and policymakers to support decision‐making. His administrative portfolio also includes responsibilities for Maintenance of Certification initiatives through the College. Dr. Fordis’ interests focus on applying information technologies to healthcare provider and patient learning, clinical decision support, and behavioral change. He has served as President and in leadership positions for the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education; Chair of the Tri-group Society for the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions; Director of the Education Core of the AHRQ-funded Houston Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics; and/or committee and task force positions for the American Heart Association; the Association of American Medical Colleges; the Conjoint Committee for CME of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies; the IOM Planning Committee for the Learning Healthcare System in 2010 and Beyond; the Accreditation Review Committee for the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education.  His awards include the William Campbell Felch/Wyeth Award for Research in CME from the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education; the President’s Award for Exemplary Service in CME from the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education; the Fox Award for Research in CME from the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education. While at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) he received a number of awards including the Secretary’s (Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services) Award for Exceptional Achievement, and the NIH Director’s Group Award. 

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As part of its initiative to train faculty, support innovation, and promote scholarship in quality improvement and patient safety, the Institute seeks qualified candidates to serve as QI coaches for faculty or trainees involved in improvement-related activities conducted across BCM-affiliated institutions.

QI Coaches participate as Workshop Faculty in training courses offered by the Institute, providing assistance by leading breakout activities during the course (providing small-group coaching on improvement projects being conducted by the learners in the course). Additionally, QI Coaches may provide similar coaching to the learners in between the in-person workshop sessions to provide any additional guidance needed to prepare the learners for the next scheduled session.

The Institute's team of QI Coaches are selected via a formal application process. When applications are open, a "Call for Coaches" announcement is posted on the Institute's website, as well as circulated across various communication venues across BCM. For more information, please visit the QI Coaches page.