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Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy

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Our goal is to train current and future health care leaders who can bridge systems and transform the clinical health care setting in alignment with the organizational goals of eliminating harm and creating a culture of caring. The scholars will develop competencies necessary to develop and execute an intervention to improve patient safety and quality in their health care organizations. As part of the program, scholars 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.

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

By end of the program, scholars will formulate, implement, and evaluate a quality and patient safety project and demonstrate capacity to:

  • 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. 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 $13,500. 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. More information is available on the benefits website.

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 July 10, 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 July 31, 2020.
  • Please contact with any questions.
  • Classes begin on September 11, 2020.


A Health Care professional with:

  1. Passion to impact quality and patient safety with geniune interest in developing as a Quality and Patient Safety Leader and applying practice to current employment.
  2. Primary employment/practice at a Johns Hopkins Medicine affiliate, with at least 50% of scheduled hours/effort.
  3. Ability to attend Friday morning sessions from September 2020 through May 2021 (see Curriculum, below)
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