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Armstrong Institute Resident Scholars Program

The Armstrong Institute Resident Scholars (AIRS) training program is a yearlong elective program that provides mentorship and education in the science of safety to a select group of residents and fellows within Johns Hopkins Medicine. The goal is to prepare participants to lead the changes that our health system needs to eliminate preventable harm, improve outcomes and reduce waste in care delivery.

The program, which starts every July, is designed for trainees interested in making quality and safety a central theme in their careers. Flexible enough to accommodate department clinical rotations, the program is open to fellows and residents who will be PGY2 or beyond and who can commit to four weeks of elective time spread throughout the year.

In addition to receiving a foundation in the multidisciplinary field of quality and safety and personalized mentorship from core faculty at the Armstrong Institute, scholars will gain valuable experience by leading a clinical quality improvement project of their choosing.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an overview of the field of quality and safety
  • Learn how to assess culture and create an organizational path towards patient safety
  • Gain competency in the basic tools of quality improvement
  • Learn how to apply the scientific method in patient safety and quality
  • Practice change leadership

Application Process

Please note that the application period for the FY2014 AIRS program closed on May 3, 2013.

Read the FY2014 program description for more details on this program. Contact Paul Nagy at with questions.

Quotes from Past Participants

“Without question, entering the quality and safety fellowship through the Armstrong Institute has been one of the best things I have had an opportunity to take advantage of at Johns Hopkins. Not only has it given me the tools and greater understanding of quality and safety research, the fellowship unexpectedly has proven to be quite an advantage during my job search. Any fellow interested in quality and safety should take advantage of this opportunity.”

— Fabian Johnson, MD, Surgical Oncology

“AIRS has provided me a forum for additional mentoring and support as I tackle a project that helps patients stay safer. It has been an avenue for exposure to literature and new methods. It has also been a way to be inspired by my peers—there is an amazing cohort of residents and fellow committed to this work.” 

— Kendra Harris, MD, MSc Radiation Oncology