CHICAGO—Any trip to RSNA would be incomplete without wandering through the educational exhibits in the Lakeside Learning Center. Over the past few years, the "Quality Storyboards" section has obtained a larger, more prominent presence toward the front of the room and become my favorite section. Though many people likely walk right by looking for their subspecialty sections, I think this is a section that everyone should at least walk through and glance at for a variety of reasons.
- The quality storyboards apply to everyone, regardless of subspecialty or type of practice. The storyboards feature a variety of projects and sometimes the best ideas may be from projects done in different subspecialties or practice types.
- The quality storyboards inspire. Anyone who walks past these posters immediately begins thinking about all the things they do in their own practices that could be done better and lead to better patient outcomes.
- Quality improvement is a requirement for maintenance of certification, though this should not be the reason one becomes involved in quality.
- The quality storyboards can teach you about the process of quality improvement, rather than about specific projects worth repeating. These lessons will stay with you much longer than trying to remember the imaging characteristics of a specific disease entity listed among 50 others on an 8 foot long poster.
- The quality experts hang out in the quality section and are always happy to chat and help you in your own endeavors.
Interested in finding out more? Stop by the poster section and look at some great posters including, "Screening Mammography Performance Improvement Team," “Quality Improvement and Confirmation Projects: A method for rapid and verifiable improvement in focused aspects of individual performance,” and "Improving the Patient Experience Through the Development of a Radiology-Specific Patient and Family Advisory Council."