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Patient Safety Fellowship

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Many clinicians have a passion for patient safety but little time or resources to develop the skills needed to tackle flawed systems of care. For these health care professionals, the Armstrong Institute offers a six-month Patient Safety Fellowship, which may provide up to 16 hours per week of salary support to selected participants from across Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Fellows spend one day a week in sessions taught by safety experts from the institute and Johns Hopkins. With support from mentors, they also initiate their own safety projects. 

Learning Objectives

The fellows gain the skills and competencies necessary to develop and execute an organizational patient safety plan. Specific objectives include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct a safety project to reduce preventable harm using a performance improvement framework, such as Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) or Plan Do Study Act (PDSA)
  • Apply fundamental patient safety principles, such as human factors or safe system design, to resolve at least one significant system defect
  • Develop a CUSP team in their organization
  • Understand the science of safety, patient safety culture and principles of safety design
  • Conduct rigorous safety culture measurement, provide results to participants and develop action plans for improving results
  • Understand the role of event reporting in improving safety and building a strong safety culture, as well as develop an infrastructure and process for reviewing from reported events and learning from these events
  • Understand the role of strong teamwork and communication skills in advancing safety and team performance
  • Understand the principles of measurement in safety and quality
  • Develop a patient safety strategic plan for their respective organization, department or unit

Application Process

The most recent fellowship cohort began in January 2014. The request for applications for the 2015 cohort will be announced in early fall 2014.

Details and instructions will be posted to this site when they are available.

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