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Workshops and Online Learning

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The Armstrong Institute hosts training opportunities throughout the year targeted to a wide range of health care professionals, from frontline staff to executives. We also offer an Online Patient Safety Certificate, which delivers core concepts in patient safety to health care professionals everywhere.

Many of our events offer group discounts. Please visit the event websites for details.

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Note for JHM Employees: Please email us at to indicate the workshop that you would like to attend. The Institute's Learning and Development team will respond to your request. Other training and educational opportunities can be found in the Programs for Faculty and Staff section.


Patient Safety Certificate Program

This program is designed for current practitioners who are dedicated to developing their skills as unit- or clinic-level patient safety leaders. It prepares participants to lead efforts to continuously learn from and improve patient safety and quality care, to promote a culture of safety, to apply system-based approaches to identify and reduce hazards, and to promote the application of evidence based practices that improve patient outcomes. In addition, participants will receive the knowledge and tools to practice and promote interdisciplinary teamwork and encourage care teams to engage patients and their families as partners in their care.
Upcoming dates: May 5-9, Oct. 6-10
Registration fee: $2,995
Details and registration

CUSP Implementation Workshop

Learn how your organization can adopt CUSP-the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program-to energize patient safety efforts among frontline providers and tackle the hazards that threaten your patients. Adopted by about 50 units at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, CUSP has been used to foster a culture of safety and to target a range of problems: patient falls, poor communication among caregivers, and medication administration errors, among others. CUSP also provided the framework for more than 100 intensive care units in Michigan to drastically reduce central catheter-related bloodstream infections. ICUs across dozens of other U.S. states are seeking to replicate the success of that Hopkins-led project.
Upcoming dates: Dates will soon be added for July and October 2014. Please email to be notified when registration opens for these sessions.
Registration fee: $1,395
Details and registration

Fellows' Course in Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control

This three-day training course offers an interactive series of sessions on basic health care epidemiology, infection prevention strategies, health care-associated infections and problem pathogens. This course includes didactic lectures and panel discussions with world-renowned faculty from various specialties. It meets requirements for infectious disease fellows for course work in health care epidemiology and infection prevention as outlined by the American Board for Internal Medicine. 
Upcoming dates: July 8-10
Registration fee: Varies ($250-750)
Details and registration.

Leading Adaptive Change Workshop

This three-day program, offered in collaboration with the Plexus Institute, provides participants with approaches for engaging their organizations to tackle stubborn challenges in patient safety. Too often, patient safety and quality improvement efforts fail because they focus on technical changes-such as introducing new tools and technologies-without focusing on the values, beliefs and attitudes of the group involved in the work. This workshop provides participants with concrete methods and tools for adaptive change, so that their organizations can engage groups to solve problems together, bring about behavior change, devise innovative solutions, and create sustainable improvement.
Upcoming dates: May 5-7 (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Registration Fee: $1,995
Details and registration

Lean Sigma Prescription for Healthcare® 5-Day Green Belt Course

This powerful methodology combines Lean tools, in their focus on reducing waste and improving flow, with Six Sigma statistical analysis for identifying the causes of defective processes. Lean Sigma can help you to arrive at data-driven interventions for the many chronic operational problems seen in health care. Lean Sigma has been successfully implemented in various areas of hospitals including pharmacy, surgery and the emergency department. The course will prepare participants to complete a Lean Sigma project at their organizations.
Upcoming dates: Sept. 15-19, Nov. 10-14
Registration fee: $3,995 (additional $500 for optional Green Belt certification)
Details and registration

Lean for Healthcare 2-Day Workshop

Now more than ever, the pressure is on to provide high quality care while increasing efficiency and reducing costs. If you are looking for ways to heal healthcare from within, Lean could be your answer. Armed with Lean tools and techniques, your frontline staff can identify waste in their healthcare delivery processes and then reduce or eliminate that waste. Easy to learn and apply, Lean methodology has helped healthcare organizations to realize many benefits, including reduced patient wait times, faster processing of medications, decreased risk of medication errors, less inventory and more patient-focused processes. Lean can be applied to virtually any system where waste exists.
Upcoming dates: May 20-21, Aug. 26-27, Oct. 14-15, Dec. 9-10
Registration fee: $995
Details and registration

Leadership in Patient Safety and Quality

This program prepares health care leaders to guide their organizations to reduce preventable harm, improve patient outcomes and eliminate waste in care delivery. Led jointly by Johns Hopkins faculty and clinicians from the Armstrong Institute and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, the course combines the science of patient safety with the leadership and management skills needed to influence new behaviors across complex health care organizations. Participants will learn approaches to meet the specific leadership challenges of building a culture of safety and creating a high-reliability organization. These include proactively identifying risks, developing a systematic approach to process improvement, providing the infrastructure for successful safety initiatives, managing innovation and creativity, and using data to guide decisions and drive improvement. They will also learn strategies for improving culture, patient and family engagement, and multidisciplinary teamwork to further their patient safety and quality objectives.
The program is divided into two, four-day residencies.

  • Residency 1: Establishing an Organizational Culture of Safety and Improvement
  • Residency 2: Implementing Patient Safety Programs. Prerequisite is Residency 1

Residency 1 can be taken independently. Residency 2 further develops participants' ability to implement and lead patient safety programs, but it is not required.
Upcoming dates: TBA
Registration fee: $5,000 (Residency 1 only); $8,000 (Residencies 1 and 2)

Improving Patient Safety with Human Factors Methods

This workshop focuses on how human factors engineering concepts can be used to identify and mitigate patient safety hazards in your healthcare setting. Basic principles and a variety of human factors engineering methods for hazard identification and mitigation are discussed and demonstrated through examples and hands-on exercises. Clinicians will share their stories on human factors issues and success in their setting. Approved for 12 contact hours of continuing nursing education credits.
Registration fee: $995
Upcoming dates: TBA

Evaluating Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Projects

Despite many attempts to improve quality and patient safety, projects often are not evaluated and cannot later demonstrate whether improvements actually occurred. Among those evaluations that are conducted, a fair portion are done post-hoc, without a guiding conceptual framework or theory, and are underfunded. Further, contextual data that can help explain why some sites achieve greater success than others is often not collected or analyzed, constraining the application of interventions to other settings. This course seeks developing participants' competencies in the following areas: critiquing evaluations of quality and safety projects; designing a robust evaluation; and conducting a small-scale qualitative study.
Upcoming dates: TBA
Registration fee: $1,395


Online Patient Safety Certificate

This interactive program immerses health care professionals in core concepts needed to become a patient safety champions. Participants learn about patient safety culture, patient-centered care, safe design principles, interdisciplinary teamwork and communication, and sustaining change. They are also introduced to tools and strategies for identifying and mitigating hazards. Throughout the program, they apply concepts to realistic scenarios. Delivered in 13 modules that can be taken anywhere and at any time, this program provides 18.5 Continuing Medical Education credits.

How to Register:

  • Standard participants ($495): This program is hosted by the MedConcert learning platform. Visit the site to set up an account and register.
  • Johns Hopkins participants (no cost): Find the program via the MyLearning platform.

If you wish to apply for CME credits for this online activity, there is an additional cost of $36.75.

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