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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 also will 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 preexisting programs: the Armstrong Institute Resident Scholars and the Patient Safety Fellowship. 

Read the program description.

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, high reliability) to resolve significant system problems
  • Appropriately scope and outline a quality and safety project including writing an 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 their 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 236 hours 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 tuition for the program is $5,000 and is covered via non-credit tuition remission.This may 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.

Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) only: In memory of Elizabeth Martinez, a physician who exhibited great dedication to patient safety and quality, one faculty or staff member from ACCM who applies to this program will receive the Elizabeth Martinez Fellowship Award. The ACCM 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 July 15, submit a completed application form, as well as an essay of up to 350 words that describes your qualifications for the leadership program, to India Smiith ( The essay should include your current abilities and skills as well as 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 during July 2014.
  • Final selection will be endorsed by the Armstrong Institute’s leadership team and announced by August 15, 2014.
  • Classes begin on October 3, 2014

Contact the program administrators Paul Nagy (, Melinda Sawyer (, or Nichole Persing ( with any questions. 

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