Applications accepted through October 15
Many clinicians across Johns Hopkins Medicine 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 the organization.
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.
As part of the Program, fellows will 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.
The next fellowship cohort will begin in January 2014. Applications for this cohort are being accepted now through October 15, 2013. To learn more about the program and how to apply, please download the fellowship application.
For questions, please contact Melinda Sawyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be considered, you must:
- Be a health care care professional with primary employment/practice at a Johns Hopkins Medicine-affiliated organization
- Be employed by the JHM affiliate for a least 50 percent of scheduled hours.
- Demonstrate basic computer skills, working in a Windows environment. (Familiarity with the following programs a plus but not required: Microsoft Excel or Access, or a statistical package STATA or SPSS).
- Have a “passion” to impact patient safety with promising interest in becoming a patient safety practitioner or applying practice to current employment
Applicants should submit an application with a 350-word essay describing their qualifications for the fellowship that includes their current abilities and skills as well as how this fellowship will fit into their professional goals.
Testimonials from Past Fellows
“Participating in the Patient Safety Fellowship provided me with the tools and contacts to impact patient safety in our ambulatory practices at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. Through discussions, presentations, and guest speakers with expertise in various aspects of patient safety and quality of care, the fellowship provided the opportunity to learn and apply current research to address patient safety.”
- Tammie Hull, Assistant Director of Clinical Education and Nursing, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
"I would highly recommend this fellowship to anyone with an interest in improving patient safety. You don't have to be an administrator or high level employee to benefit from it; I am a bedside nurse who had little experience in patient safety prior to this fellowship. The fellowship helped me design a successful project on my unit to decrease patient falls."
– Christine Robson, BSN, RN, CNRN, NCIIM, Zayed 12 East, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
“The opportunity for mentorship and education from the safety and quality experts within the Armstrong Institute faculty has been invaluable to my career and outlook on how we provide care within our health system. Developing "lenses" to identify defects leading to threats in patient safety and quality of care has been one of the most benefical aspects of this experience. Also, learning a structured framework to tackle these defects and navigate within a project group to maximize each member's contributions is a skill set I will continue to utilize moving forward from the fellowship experience into my day to day practice.”
– Julie King, RN, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner, Weinberg Intensive Care Unit, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Past Projects by Safety Fellows
“Proposal for the development of an organizational safety protocol for the super obese patient population at Johns Hopkins Hospital”
- Dennis W. Jones, DNP, MS, RN, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
“Which patients receive chronic opiates in the housestaff medicine clinic, and why?”
– Zackary Berger, MD, PhD, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
“Reducing colorectal surgical site infections through the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program”
– Tracie Cometa, BSN, RN and Kevin Driscoll, CRNA, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
“Reducing errors associated with patient-controlled analgesia”
– Meredith Taff, BSN, RN, ONC, Howard County General Hospital
“Identifying and intervening on the root causes of inpatient falls in a neuroscience population”
- Christine Robson, RN, BSN, CNRN, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
“Improve staff comfort and satisfaction with resuscitation efforts during WICU emergency events through implementation of a resuscitation bundle”
- Amy Plotts, RN, BSN and Julie King, RN, CRNP, The Johns Hopkins Hospital