Skip Navigation
Search Menu
Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality

In This Section      
Print This Page

Five-Day Patient Safety Certificate Program

doctors collaborating

The Armstrong Institute's five-day Patient Safety Certificate Program immerses participants in the key concepts, tools and skills that they need to reduce preventable harm to patients, whether at the level of unit/clinic, clinical department or hospital. Learners delve into performance improvement approaches--such as Lean Sigma, Human Factors and Design Thinking--while delving into strategies to engage their organizations in this critical work. Consisting of 24 modules, the program also covers such essential topics as patient safety culture, patient-centered care, safe design principles, and interdisciplinary teamwork and communication.

Continuing nursing education credits available. See accreditation statement.

The Armstrong Institute also offers an online Patient Safety Certificate Program. To decide which is best for you, compare these programs

Upcoming Workshops

March 13-17, 2017

Register Now

June 12-16, 2017

Register Now

September 11-15, 2017

Register Now

Cost: $2,995 per participant. Group discounts of 20 percent are available when you register three or more participants.

Registration typically closes two weeks before the workshop start date.


The Participant Experience

  • Frequent opportunities to apply the concepts and skills to problem-solving and action-planning in realistic scenarios
  • Group activities--such as simulations, design sessions and case studies
  • A "sandbox" environment that allows testing of solutions with peers
  • Learning from peers, as well as from instructors who have led successful safety projects at Johns Hopkins, across the United States and internationally

"This was one of the best run and most practical courses that I have ever attended. The week just flew by. Great instructors with practical examples, and lots of camaraderie with other participants. It was a really terrific learning experience."

- William Brooks, MD, MPH, Tampa, Fla.

Read what other participants are saying.

Learning Objectives

After completing this five-day program, participants will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Develop patient safety initiatives for real and lasting change
  • Create and sustain a patient safety culture that has patient-centered care as its linchpin
  • Use a system-based approach to identify and reduce defects in their health care organizations
  • Apply evidence-based practices to develop and support effective multidisciplinary teams that work in partnership with patients and their families to improve patient safety outcomes
  • Act as change agents in their organizations as they lead efforts to continuously learn from defects and improve patient safety and quality care by developing action plans for patient safety improvement

Program Facilitators

View list of program facilitators

Hanan Aboumatar, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Matt Austin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Lauren Benishek, Ph.D.
Research Fellow

Sean Berenholtz, M.D.
Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Emily Boss, M.D.
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Cheryl Connors, M.H.S.
Quality and Innovation Coach

Aaron Dietz, Ph.D.
Research Fellow

Robert Hody, B.S., M.S.
Assistant Director, Lean Sigma Deployment

Eileen Kasda, M.H.S.
Senior Project Administrator

Paula Kent, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A.
Patient Safety Coordinator

Lori Paine, R.N., M.S.
Director of Patient Safety

Michael Rosen, M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Melinda Sawyer, M.S.N., R.N., C.N.S.
Assistant Director of Patient Safety

Carol Ware, B.S.N.
Quality Improvement Team Leader

Rhonda Wyskiel, R.N., B.S.N.
Patient Safety Innovation Coordinator


Times and Location

Constellation Energy Building
750 E. Pratt St., 4th Floor Conference Room
Baltimore, MD 21202
Get details on parking, hotels and attractions

Days 1-4: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Day 5: 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Accreditation Statement

This program is co-provided by the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing (IJHN). The IJHN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 29.5 contact hours are provided by this program.