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Simu-Leader: Training in Leadership for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

Simu-Leader: Training for Leadership in Patient Safety and Health Care Quality Improvement

Six-Week Program Begins Aug. 21

Improving patient safety and quality of care remains a critical challenge for health care leaders, yet they have few opportunities to build the skills for managing this complex work or to test solutions in a safe environment. Through a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Laboratory have addressed this gap by creating an innovative, simulation-based management and leadership training course.

Enrollment has closed for our second cohort of this free course. However, you or your four-person team may join the wait list. We will notify you if a space become available in this cohort or if another cohort is scheduled.

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Who Should Participate?

This course is designed for health care leadership teams, including executives (e.g., CMOs, CNOs, CQOs, COOs, CEOs, VPMAs, etc.); midlevel managers engaged in safety and quality improvement work (e.g., patient safety officers, directors of quality, risk managers, hospital infection prevention, medication safety officers, etc.); and department, unit or front-line leaders.

An ideal team consists of four people, with at least one from each of the three types of leaders listed above. You can also participate as an individual and will be scheduled with participants from other facilities for the interactive team simulation exercise.

Benefits of Participation

  • Experience a one-of-a-kind leadership and management simulation for patient safety and quality leaders.
  • Expose yourself to evidence-based leadership and management frameworks, strategies and practical tools.
  • Interact with your peers around challenging patient safety and quality improvement issues.
  • Receive a certificate from the Armstrong Institute for completion of the course.

Expectations for Participants

The six-week course, called the Fundamentals of Leadership for Patient Safety and Quality Program, begins on Aug. 21 and concludes on Sept. 29.

The time commitment will average one hour per week. Each participant will complete a weekly activity — such as reviewing and analyzing case studies, and using practical tools to apply concepts to real safety and quality improvement efforts — individually and on his or her own time. The only scheduled group exercise is the two-hour online interactive team simulation (Simu-Leader), which will be held at a time convenient for all members.

Key Dates

Registration deadline: Aug. 7. To register, participants must complete the brief sign up form as well as the demographics and background questionnaire. The questionnaire will be sent to you after you have completed the sign-up form.

Complete scheduling for team simulation: Aug. 16. After completing background questionnaires, participants will be sent a link to schedule their two-hour team simulation. This is the only component of the program that requires a dedicated block of time.

First day of program: Aug. 21. You will receive log in information for the program the morning of Monday, Aug. 21 if you have completed registration and scheduling steps below.

Program Objectives

In this program, participants will:

  • Identify common issues in accountability across the organization including:
    • Role clarity, responsibility and feedback mechanisms
    • Organizational capacity for improvement
    • Availability of time and resources for improvement
  • Implement evidence-based management tactics for improving accountability.
  • Apply transformational leadership and cross organizational divides to accelerate the impact of management tactics.

About the Simulation

In this simulation, teams work within a fictional hospital to:

  • Participate in simulated executive rounds.
  • Interview key stakeholders.
  • Review clinical process and outcome data.
  • Identify areas of organizational dysfunction.
  • Learn opportunities to intervene and improve performance.
  • Develop, implement and receive feedback on plans for change.

Research Study

There is no cost to enroll. By taking this course, you will be participating in a research study. Your feedback will help us to assess and improve the course.

Questions? See our FAQs page or email