Symposium 2023

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Symposium Wrap-up

This year, 93 attendees from over 20 research, clinical, and operational departments gathered to share their experiences in conducting embedded research to transform health care delivery and improve patient outcomes.

We would like to thank the planning committee members, speakers, workshop leaders, poster presenters, and poster judges that contributed to a successful event.

Click here to view the full symposium program.

Click here to view slides from the symposium presentations.


A total of 20 posters showcased embedded improvement and implementation research initiatives.

Attendees and judges cast their votes for the best poster presentations.

poster winners

The Best Completed Work Award goes to…

Edward Qian, MD, MSACI

“Implementation of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) Embedded Clinical Trial: The ACORN Trial Comparing Cefepime versus Piperacillin-Tazobactam”


The Best Work in Progress Award goes to…

Whitney Gannon, MSN

“ECMO-free Trial: A Multicenter Pilot Feasibility Study”


The People’s Choice Award goes to…

Alison Carroll, MD, MPH

“A Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Discharge Medication Errors in Hospitalized Children”




Jenny M. Slayton, DNP, RN

We are delighted to present the Outstanding Operational Partner Award to Jenny M. Slayton, DNP, RN, Senior Vice President for Quality, Safety, and Risk Prevention. The award was presented by Gordon Bernard, MD, VUMC Executive Vice President for Research. Dr. Slayton was recognized for her leadership in collaborative efforts across VUMC to improve health care quality and patient outcomes, while simultaneously learning from these efforts so that we can continue to improve our systems of care delivery. 

(photo credit: Susan Urmy, VUMC Reporter)



Vanderbilt Engineering and Science Building

rooms 044/048 and 001, basement

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

Walking Directions and Parking Information

Schedule & Agenda


Pre-Symposium Workshop

Norton     Opportunities in Implementation Science Funding at NCI/NIH
     Wynne Norton, PhD
     Program Director in Implementation Science, NCI/NIH
     Moderated by: Carolyn Audet, PhD and Lyndsay Nelson, PhD 



Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Vanderbilt Engineering and Science Building, Room 001

This pre-symposium workshop will highlight funding opportunities in implementation science at the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health. Topics covered will include implementation science specific funding announcements, grant mechanisms, study sections, characteristics of successful implementation science grant applications, and additional resources. The workshop format will include a lecture, discussion, and Q&A. Dr. Norton will present virtually, and Drs. Audet and Nelson will facilitate discussion among in-person attendees. (Note: this will be an in-person event with limited capacity.)

Keynote Speaker

Liu     Towards the Learning Hospital System: Research Grade Analytics on Operational Timelines
     Vincent Liu, MD, MS
     Senior Research Scientist
     Regional Director of Hospital Advanced Analytics
     Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research  


Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Vanderbilt Engineering and Science Building, Room 044/048

Dr. Liu’s work focuses on the intersection of sepsis, acute severe illness, informatics, and health care delivery with a goal of building towards a learning hospital system. He is a widely recognized expert in applied informatics. Dr. Liu is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, and Clinical Informatics. He practices pulmonary and critical care medicine with The Permanente Medical Group.

Poster Session Information

Call for Poster Submissions

The poster presenter must attend the in-person poster reception on May 15 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm and be available to hang the poster that morning (time TBD). Please also complete the symposium registration form: 

The in-person poster reception will accept posters that present projects or topics in the following topic areas:

  • Implementation science
  • Quality improvement research
  • Embedded research in the learning health system

Please determine if your research project fits within these topic areas. We welcome both work-in-progress and completed work!
If you are unsure if your research project is a fit, please email Dr. Lyndsay Nelson at

Poster Registration

Please complete your poster registration by April 26th, 2023 11:59 PM CT at the following link:

Information needed for the registration form includes: project status, topic area, poster title, and author list. You do not need to enter an abstract.

Poster Prizes

  • Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to winning posters in the following categories: Best Work-in-Progress, Best Completed Work, People's Choice
  • To determine winners for Best Work-in-Progress and Best Completed Work, judges will visit each poster for 10 minutes. Presenters will have 5 minutes to present their work and judges will have 5 minutes to ask questions.
  • Posters will be judged based on the following criteria: Visual appeal, Organization of content, Oral presentation of poster, Overall impact

Poster Preparation

  • Poster Size: Prepare poster to fit on a 4' H x 6' W poster board.  Recommended poster size is 36" H x 48" W. We are trying to keep poster sizes consistent across presenters; however, it is fine if you need to reuse a poster from another event with different size requirements.
  • Poster Format: The content should be visible from a 2-3' distance. Any arrangement is allowable but consider the new "better poster" format. To learn more about the "better poster" format, please check out the following resources: NPR Health Shots Article and YouTube Video.
  • Poster Printing: The VU BRET Office is an option.

If you have questions regarding the poster session, please contact Dr. Lyndsay Nelson: