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Hail and Farewell - Diana Stewart, M.D., M.B.A.

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We would like to thank Diana Stewart, M.D., M.B.A. (photo above left) for her service as the inaugural Assistant Director of Education for the BCM Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and we welcome Kyler Godwin, Ph.D., M.P.H. (photo above right) to the role. 

Dr. Stewart is a hospitalist with dual training in internal medicine and pediatrics. Her research and clinical interests include quality improvement (QI), patient safety (PS), and medical education. She teaches QI and PS topics to multiple learner groups, including residents, fellows, medical students, and faculty (locally, regionally, and nationally). She has developed curricula locally for Health Services Research and Development fellows at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), internal medicine and pediatric residents, and the VA Quality Scholars Program, which is an interprofessional national fellowship program in QI and PS. Prior to her departure, she was the Associate Director of QI/PS for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine section at Texas Children’s Hospital, as well as the Director of the Chief Resident in Quality and Safety (CRQS) program, a national program that funds residents to redesign medical education and patient care to include the area of QI and PS, at the MEDVAMC. 

Dr. Godwin is an applied implementation scientist and health professions educator, who develops, implements, and evaluates education and training on healthcare improvement for interprofessional learners from medical students to faculty at the local and national levels. Her specific area of interest is in developing leaders who can apply implementation strategies to make direct operational impact on healthcare improvement. She is an independently-funded Investigator in the Center for Innovations in Quality Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt) at the MEDVAMC and faculty in the BCM Section of Health Services Research in the Department of Medicine (DOM), where she is a member of the DOM Vice Chair Group for Quality Improvement and Innovation (VCG QII). She is also a Master Facilitator for Team Launch, an innovative College-wide initiative that provides students with interdisciplinary learning opportunities to develop the critical skills necessary to succeed in team-based science and healthcare. Dr. Godwin is the Principal Investigator on a VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI)-funded Implementation Training Hub to deliver applied implementation strategies to front-line providers throughout the VA. She also co-directs the national VA Quality Scholars Coordinating Center, located at the MEDVAMC. The VA Quality Scholars (VAQS) program, delivered to twelve sites across the United States and Canada, is the foremost interprofessional QI training program for post-residency physicians, post-doctoral nurses, clinical psychologists and pharmacists. Moreover, she directs the Houston-based Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research (HPEER) fellowship program and co-directs the Big Data-Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP), a two-year fellowship opportunity for healthcare data scientists, collaboratively managed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Veterans Health Administration. Passionate about providing opportunities for faculty to be recognized for their healthcare improvement contributions, Dr. Godwin led a national Delphi-consensus panel to develop a healthcare improvement portfolio for documenting faculty impact in quality improvement, patient safety, and healthcare innovations. ​

 We welcome Dr. Godwin to her new role and are excited to be working with her.

Posted: June 2019