National Conference

2016 TeamSTEPPS Conference in Washington, DC

AHRQ is pleased to announce that the 2016 TeamSTEPPS National Conference will take place in Washington, D.C., June 8-10, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency near Capitol Hill. On average, the TeamSTEPPS National Conference attracts more than 500 industry professionals. The conference brings techniques, tools and new thinking to assist health care professionals in successfully implementing and sustaining TeamSTEPPS. Innovation is a key element in mapping the future of TeamSTEPPS and the changing health care environment. There is no better venue to experience the impact of TeamSTEPPS in various clinical and non-clinical settings while making invaluable contacts with old and new colleagues.

To learn more, click on the headers below. 

Registration   |   Conference Schedule & Session Descriptions   |   Plenary Sessions   |   Hotel Information   |   Other Travel Information   |   FAQs 


Registration Hyatt Regency DC

Registration for the conference has reached capacity.


Conference Schedule & Session Descriptions

The conference begins at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 and concludes on Friday, June 10 at noon. The conference will offer two plenary sessions, concurrent breakout sessions (either panel/team presentations or workshops), posters and a networking event. A detailed conference schedule including speakers, session titles and descriptions can be found via the link below. 

Registration for conference workshops will open on Wednesday, May 25 in which an email will be sent to all conference registrants with instructions. 

Plenary Sessions

thursday, june 9 - Stepping to zero


The brilliance and the essence of TeamSTEPPS is synergy: achieving a level of Collegial Interactive Teamwork that has never been native to medicine. And therein lies the principal challenge, because infusing the principles and strategy as well as the tactics of TeamSTEPPS requires nothing short of a major cultural change, and cultural changes take decades to complete. Health care's massive resistance to change, and to teamwork, is fueled by centuries of professional tribalism. Working together in a practiced, mutually respectful, non-hierarchical environment is quite simply alien to that traditional medical culture, which is why cultural change can't be optional if patient safety is the paramount goal. The good news, however, is that permanent change is achievable when all involved understand and accept that vitally important programs such as this are NOT inoculations. In fact, TeamSTEPPS has to be a long-term commitment, and long-term commitments require substantial training, an evaluative infrastructure, and unquestioning board-down dedication and funding for the long-term. And at the heart of this talk? The author of Why Hospitals Should Fly, John Nance, will focus on understanding how human professionals fail, and why TeamSTEPPS principles provide the primary barrier against an unpreventable human mistake metastasizing into a human tragedy, and the path ahead to effective integration.

Speaker: John Nance, JD


friday, june 10 - second annual sim battles: a Teamstepps main event

SimBattles052316Think you have what it takes to compete with the TeamSTEPPS elite? Join us for the second annual TeamSTEPPS Sim Battles, where two teams will compete head-to-head in one of the conference's main events. The session combines a visual didactic overview of simulation in TeamSTEPPS education with high-energy simulation events. Each competing team will be given the opportunity to practice their TeamSTEPPS skills in real-time, in front of a live audience, and our very own panel of "celebrity" judges. Come join a TeamSTEPPS tradition and learn how simulation can be an effective platform to practice TeamSTEPPS skills.

Speakers: Ross Ehrmantraut, RN (University of Washington), Farrah Leland, JD (University of Washington), Anthony Naluai-Cecchini (University of Washington), Kurt O'Brien, MHROD (University of Washington), Megan Sherman (University of Washington), Matthew Toma (University of Washington)



Hotel Information

Information on booking in the conference hotel block is found in your confirmation email you received after registering. If the block is full, or you wish to stay elsewhere, please call A Room With A View for information on the official designated TeamSTEPPS overflow hotel. They will secure the lowest available rates at the best available hotels within walking distance of The Hyatt Regency Hotel. Should cancellations occur at The Hyatt Regency Hotel, A Room With A View will transfer attendees back to The Hyatt Regency Hotel in the order in which they were booked. A Room With A View can be contacted at 1-800-780-4343 Monday- Friday 8am – 5pm CST. International attendees can reach them at reservations@aroomwithaview.net. This is a free service for all TeamSTEPPS attendees.


Other Travel Information

We are offering special meeting discounts for all attendees of the National Conference. Simply call (or have your travel agent call) one of our preferred airlines directly to receive these special fares.


For Delta Airlines reservations and ticketing please call Delta Meeting Network reservations at 1-800-328-1111, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Central Time. Refer to Meeting Code NMMCZ. You may also go to www.delta.com and input the Meeting Code into the Meeting Event code box to obtain the discounted fare and avoid any service fees.

United Airlines offers discounts off published fares of 2% - 10% based on the booking class of service. Call your travel professional or United at 800-426-1122 for reservations. Refer to Z Code ZVMR and Agreement Code: 492540. Or, save an additional 3% off by booking your own reservations at www.united.com. Choose your flight times and access your meeting discounts by inserting ZVMR492540 in the Offer Code box.

Rental Cars

Special meeting rates negotiated with Hertz are available by calling 1-800-654-2240 from within the U.S., or 405-749-4434 from outside the United States, and giving the reservationist the meeting number CV#03AB0012

Special meeting rates negotiated with Enterprise and National are available by calling 1-800-261-7331 from within the U.S., or www.enterprise.com or www.nationalcar.com and supplying the meeting number K2C1074.

Special meeting rates negotiated with Avis are available by calling 1-800-633-3469 from within the U.S., or 1-800-331-1084 from outside the United States, and giving the reservationist with the meeting number L461444.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to attend the conference?

No, there is no registration fee associated to the conference. It's completely free! Attendees are responsible for travel, lodging and food costs. 

Is food provided?

Due to federal restrictions on meetings, we are unable to provide food and beverages. Ample time for breaks and meals will be provided. There will be a cash sales breakfast in the morning where attendees can purchase sandwiches, bagels, pastries, coffee, etc. The Hyatt Regency is in a great location and two blocks from Union Station which contain dozens of restaurants for lunch. There is also an onsite restaurant and coffee stand at the hotel. 

What are the different types of sessions that are offered? 

We are proud to offer a variety of sessions over the course of the conference:

  • Plenary presentations: two general sessions will be offered - one on Thursday at 10:30 AM and the other on Friday at 10:30 AM.
  • Networking/poster event: Thursday evening after the breakout sessions have concluded, an informal networking and poster session will take place. Come reconnect with old colleagues and meet new colleagues while viewing posters and getting the chance to speak to the authors. 
  • Breakout sessions: concurrent breakout sessions are the heart of the conference. There are two types:
    • Team/Panel presentations
    • Workshops (*require registration in advance)

What is the difference between the team/panel presentations and workshops?

Workshops require registration in advance in order to attend. Unlike other meetings where these types of sessions may take place during a pre-conference day, we host workshops throughout the main conference. They are highly interactive and collaborative. Conference registrants will receive a notification when workshops open in late-May. It will then be a first-come, first-serve process to register. Team/panel presentations do not require registration. They vary greatly and offer time at the end for Q&A and discussion with the audience. 

Are continuing education credits available for this conference?

Unlike our Master Training and Advanced courses, we are unable to provide continuing education credits for this conference.


More questions? Please contact the TeamSTEPPS National Implementation Team at AHRQTeamSTEPPS@aha.org or 312-422-2609.

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