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Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy

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The Armstrong Institute’s Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy is a nine-month program that trains future health care leaders to transform the clinical health care setting to eliminate harm and create a culture of caring. As part of the program, scholars initiate, plan and lead a sustainable, multidisciplinary patient safety or quality improvement project at Johns Hopkins. They will also identify and apply metrics to evaluate the impact of their projects on patient outcomes.

Open to faculty, staff, house staff and fellows across Johns Hopkins Medicine, this training opportunity replaces two pre-existing programs: the Armstrong Institute Resident Scholars and the Patient Safety Fellowship.

Read the program description.

Meet the program directors.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the role of event reporting in improving safety and building a safety culture, and the process for reviewing reported events and learning from these events.
  • Discuss and apply the Science of Safety, patient safety culture and principles of safe design on the Science of Safety and other relevant topics.
  • Apply fundamental patient safety principles, such as human factors, safe design and high reliability, to resolve significant system problems.
  • Appropriately scope and outline a quality and safety project, including writing a problem statement, aim statement and metrics for evaluation.
  • Conduct a stakeholder analysis, discuss the multidisciplinary nature of systems change and engage stakeholder groups for change management.
  • Promote strong teamwork and communication skills in advancing patient safety and team performance.
  • Summarize lessons learned from development and improvement efforts in a manuscript or thought piece.
  • Understand rigorous safety culture measurement and how to analyze results to improve.

Time Commitment

Over nine months, participants devote an estimated 240 hours — 10 percent of the total program effort — on work related to the program. While the majority of effort is self-directed and flexible, participation in lectures and live training programs is required.

Tuition and Scholarships

The cost for the program is $6,000 and is covered via a noncredit tuition remission benefit. This will be waived for applicants for whom this benefit does not apply.

Health care professionals with more than 50 percent clinical time in their roles may qualify for partial scholarships to support their salary; determination of individual scholars’ salary support will be communicated at the time of acceptance.

Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine only: In memory of Elizabeth Martinez, a physician who exhibited great dedication to patient safety and quality, one faculty or staff member from the department who applies to this program will receive the Elizabeth Martinez Fellowship Award. The faculty or staff member must practice at The Johns Hopkins Hospital to qualify for this award. No separate application is required to be considered.

Application Process

  • By June 8, submit a completed application form and an essay of up to 350 words describing your qualifications for the leadership program to India Smith ( The essay should include your current abilities and skills, and how this training will fit into your professional goals.
  • Applicants will be contacted to set up an interview with at least one Armstrong Institute staff member.
  • Final selection will be endorsed by the Armstrong Institute’s leadership team and announced by July15, 2015.
  • Classes begin on October 9, 2015

Contact program directors Melinda Sawyer (, Samantha Pitts ( or Julia Kim ( with any questions.