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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. The program is open to faculty, staff, house staff and fellows across Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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

  • Understand the characteristics and leadership habits of a High Reliability Organization.
  • 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.
  • Apply fundamental patient safety principles, such as human factors, safe design and high reliability, to resolve significant system problems.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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 2019-2020 academic year, we are offering a stipend to support a portion of the effort (FTE) of participation for a scholar from groups under-represented in medicine, including under-represented minorities, persons from disadvantaged backgrounds, and persons with disabilities. Learn more here.

Application Process

  • By Friday April 17, 2020, please complete the online application.
  • As part of the application, you will be asked to upload two documents:
  • Applicants selected for an interview with a Armstrong Institute faculty or staff member will be contacted.
  • Final selection will be endorsed by the Armstrong Institute’s leadership team and announced by June 22, 2020.
  • Please contact with any questions.
  • Classes begin on September 11, 2020.
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