Annual Quality Congress

To Attend

Please register to attend the Annual Quality Congress events. All events are included with registration. To attend NICQ and iNICQ Improving Critical Transitions events, the center must be enrolled in the relevant collaborative. Please note limited space for Jump Starting Quality workshops.

  • Quality Circle Members (including centers enrolled in NICQ/iNICQ Improving Critical Transitions): No fee
  • Groups enrolled in VON Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome programs: No fee
  • Core Members: $100
  • Non-Members of VON: $200

Fellows, trainees, members of TECaN, professionals from low and middle-income countries, and presenting faculty not in a quality improvement collaborative are welcome to attend free of charge by registering as VON Core Member or Non-Member and using the discount code of COMP at the end of the registration process to waive all fees.

After you register, you will receive a link to the conference site and a confirmation number via email. You can also reach the conference site to log in here.

2021 Schedule of Virtual Events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual Quality Congress will not be held in-person in 2021. See answers to frequently asked questions.

All listed sessions are in Eastern Time.


Virtual Poster Expo

Tuesday, September 28

The interactive site opens for viewing improvement posters. See more about presenting a poster.

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NICQ Homerooms

Wednesday and Thursday, September 29-30

NICQ participants will spend time learning with and from colleagues and faculty about improvements to Critical Transitions, reviewing evidence, and sharing improvement stories, data and lessons learned. Log in for NICQ details.

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iNICQ Improving Critical Transitions

Friday, October 1

iNICQ participants will network with other teams working to improve critical transitions, learn from other’s improvement stories, and take a deeper dive into the Improving Critical Transitions’ Key Drivers in smaller concurrent sessions. Log in for iNICQ details.


Audits: The Right Tool to Improve Your Practice?

Tuesday, October 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Audits may be the simplest and most direct way to improve your practice. See details and agenda.


Neonatal Advanced Practice Providers Case of the Year

Wednesday, October 13, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

An intriguing, clinical case presentation to challenge your critical thinking and diagnostic skills. The case will be conveyed in a mystery format in short unfolding segments. The goal is for participants to determine the diagnosis and best multidisciplinary management strategies for this challenging case. See session details.


AAP/VON Scholars Presentations

Thursday, October 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

An opportunity for the 2021 AAP/VON Scholars to present their quality improvement interests, to hear talks on starting QI as a fellow and continuing it as an early career neonatologist, and to ask questions of faculty and scholars. See more about the AAP/VON Scholar Awards.


Jump Starting Quality – Foundations Workshop

Tuesday, October 19, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Hear from expert QI faculty on the basics of QI project development, interact with our faculty in small group breakout sessions, and ask your questions of our faculty during the Ask the Experts panel. This session is at capacity. See the agenda.

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Improving Critical Transitions - Plenary Event

Wednesday, October 20, 11:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

We will explore deep learning: a process involving multidisciplinary teams of health professionals and families identifying context-specific practices and processes that work best for patients. See details and agenda.


Jump Starting Quality – Advanced Workshop

Tuesday, October 26, 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Hear from expert QI faculty on QI data analysis, run charts, and control charts. This will feature both didactic sessions and interactive portions with ample opportunity for questions of our expert faculty. This session is at capacity. See the agenda.


March of Dimes and VON - Improving Life Beyond the NICU

Thursday, October 28, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

March of Dimes and VON present their learning from a focus group with parents to identify opportunities to better support NICU families through the transition to home and life after the NICU. See details and agenda.

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Virtual Poster Expo

Call for Posters

Join us to share your improvement with colleagues around the world and learn how leading VON centers are transforming newborn care for tomorrow by turning their data into action today.

In the ePoster Gallery, the online audience can view all posters and search by customized fields like category/author/center name, take notes, rate posters, select favorites, and share with colleagues.

Poster Submission Information

AAP/VON Scholar Awards

This award recognizes future leaders in quality improvement in partnership with the AAP Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine.


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2019 Sessions

All VON members can log in and view 2019 sessions (and previous years) in the VON Improvement Library.

Download PDF of the 2019 meeting handout (agendas and maps)

Community-Centered and Free of Commercial Bias

All VON community members have something to learn and experiences to share. An environment free of commercial bias and product endorsements will better advance knowledge and lead to deeper relationships among community members who are dedicated to improving care for the infants and families we are privileged to serve. The Annual Quality Congress is free of commercial support and VON does not accept industry sponsorship, displays, or product advertising.

We encourage you to listen and learn from each other, share your ideas, and bring new knowledge back to your local teams and communities

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Who Attends

VON’s Annual Quality Congress represents the worldwide community of practice dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and value of care for newborn infants and their families. VON’s Annual Quality Congress faculty includes world leaders in neonatology, improvement science, and parent partners. Attend with your team and be inspired to innovate and accelerate improvement in your unit and beyond.

We encourage discussion and networking to learn about rapidly evolving science, technology, and evidence-based practices. Participants learn from peers and partner with families to transform data into actionable improvement.

Continuing Education

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by The Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and Vermont Oxford Network. The University of Vermont is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Vermont designates this virtual meeting for a maximum of 28.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 28.25 Nursing Contact Hours.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 28.25 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

The views, statements, and recommendations expressed during this activity represent those of the authors and speakers and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Vermont.

Future Meeting Dates

September 8-11, 2022

September 7-10, 2023

September 5-8, 2024