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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 will also 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 pre-existing programs: the Armstrong Institute Resident Scholars and the Patient Safety Fellowship.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss and apply the Science of Safety, patient safety culture and principles of safe design on the Science of Safety and other relevant topics.
  • Understand the characteristics and leadership habits of a High Reliability Organization.
  • Apply fundamental patient safety principles, such as human factors, safe design and high reliability, to resolve significant system problems.
  • 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.
  • Appropriately scope and outline a quality and safety project, including writing a 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.
  • Understand rigorous safety culture measurement and how to analyze results to improve.
  • Summarize lessons learned from development and improvement efforts in a poster, manuscript, or thought piece.

Time Commitment

Over nine months, participants devote an estimated 240 hours — or 10 percent effort— 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

There is no direct out-of-pocket cost for Johns Hopkins faculty and staff. The cost for the program is covered via a noncredit tuition remission benefit. For JHU employees eligible for non-credit Professional Development course tuition remission, the cost for the program is $9,500. There is no annual dollar limit or reduction of annual limits for non-credit professional development courses. Program cost will be waived for applicants for whom this benefit does not apply.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, we are offering a stipend to support a portion of the effort (FTE) for participation in the program for a scholar who is a member of a racial and/or ethnic population that is underrepresented in the quality and safety medical profession relative to the general population. Learn more here.

Application Process

Contact or program directors Samantha PittsJulia Kim or Matt Stewart with any questions. 

  • By April 20, 2018, please complete an application online and upload the following documents to 2018-2019 Leadership Academy Application Link: curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, photo, a signature of support, and an essay of up to 350 words describing your qualifications for the leadership program. The essay should describe your current role and interest in patient safety/quality improvement (PS/QI), past experience in PS/QI, ideas for your leadership academy project, and how this training will fit into your professional goals. 
  • Applicants selected for an interview with at least one Armstrong Institute staff member will be contacted.
  • Final selection will be endorsed by the Armstrong Institute’s leadership team and announced by June 22, 2018.
  • Classes begin on September 7, 2018.