April 11-12: Emergency Preparedness Conference, Arlington, Va.

The Eighth Annual Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources conference will look at how the four phases of emergency management — mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery — "provide a blanket of resil-ience" that allows the individual, organization and community to cope with the stress and adversity of any disaster. Visit www.jcrinc.com.

April 25-26: The Science of Improvement, Chicago

Sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, this interactive seminar will teach the concepts, tools and methods needed to plan and execute an effective quality improvement journey. Participants will be encouraged to join a network of quality improvers to share ideas and encouragement after the seminar ends. Visit www.ihi.org.

May 3-5: Positioning Your OR for the Future, Boston

The seventh Ellison Pierce Symposium presented by the Boston University School of Medicine will describe strategies to minimize risk in the operating room, future challenges facing hospitals in regard to perioperative services, and current challenges facing OR managers. Visit www.bumc.bu.edu.

May 23-25: Patient Safety Conference, Washington, D.C.

The National Patient Safety Foundation meeting will include 30 educational sessions, a full-day pre-conference and a variety of motivational speakers. It will host the one-year anniversary of the Partnership for Patients initiative. Visit www.npsf.org.