Symposium 2022

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Symposium Wrap-up

Thank you for a successful symposium! This year, nearly 90 attendees participated in our in-person symposium on May 16. We hope you enjoyed the event! 

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Catch up on the day’s events!

Slides from select presentations are available under the Resources tab (VUMC ID/password required). 

 Check out the Twitter hashtag #ImpSciLHS22 for symposium highlights.

Congratulations to the Poster Presenters and Awardees!

Congratulations to the Poster Presenters and Awardees!

A total of 24 posters showcased embedded improvement and implementation research initiatives and institutional resources. Attendees and judges cast their votes for the best poster presentations.

The Best Completed Work Award goes to…

L. Lauren Brown, PhD, LCSW

“Process Mapping to Inform Implementation of Trauma-informed HIV Care for Youth in Memphis, TN”

The Best Work in Progress Award goes to…

Natalie R. Holt, PhD

“Beginning Collection of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in VA Tennessee Valley's Transgender Medicine Clinic”

The People’s Choice Award goes to…

Lauren Boston, MSN, RN, PNP-PC, NPD-BC

“Who's Who in the PACU? Role Designation During Emergencies”

Operational Partner Award


Robin L. Steaban, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

We are delighted to present the Outstanding Operational Partner Award to Robin L. Steaban, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer for Vanderbilt University Hospital. The award was presented by Robert Dittus, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer for the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, and Co-Director of the Learning Healthcare Platform. Robin Steaban has been a seminal operations partner by providing strategic input on the priorities of the adult hospital and nursing to inform and support research initiatives.  

(photo credit, Donn Jones, VUMC Reporter)

A Special Thank You

We would like to thank the planning committee members, speakers, workshop leaders & presenters, and poster presenters at this year’s event. We appreciated the opportunity to learn from your research experiences, and hope you can join us again next year.

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(photo credit:  Donn Jones, VUMC Reporter)


Symposium Agenda



Symposium Location

Vanderbilt Engineering and Science Building

rooms 044/048, basement

1212 25th Ave S., at the corner of 25th Ave and Garland | Map

Walking Directions and Parking Information

Keynote Address


Conducting embedded implementation research: Achieving rigor and relevance in the face of heterogeneity



Poster Reception


call for abstracts

poster guidelines

To learn more about the "better poster" format, please check out the following resources: NPR Health Shots Article and YouTube Video


Pre-Symposium Workshops

call for workshops

workshop guidelines