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Contact Information:
Melissa Manolis
- Administrative Manager
HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety & Quality
Harvard Medical School

Anjala Tess, M.D., Principal Investigator & Co-Program Director

Kate Humphrey, M.D., M.P.H., Program Director

We are currently accepting applications for Fellowships to begin July 2021. The application deadline is October 9, 2020.
(Due to program restrictions, applicants are required to be U.S. Citizens or have permanent U.S. resident status)
Program Description

The primary goal of the HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality is to train a cadre of physician-scholars who are prepared to lead quality, safety and operational improvement efforts. This 2 year postgraduate program is for physicians (any specialty) who are in or have completed a residency or fellowship program. The program is funded by the CRICO/Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions (the Harvard malpractice insurer).

The fellowship is a collaboration between quality and safety leadership at Harvard institutions, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Each institution has local, national, and international leaders in the field of quality and safety. This rich supply of faculty with wide ranging areas of interest and expertise will facilitate a successful fellowship experience for participants.

Each Fellow will each be based at one of the Harvard-affiliated sites and paired with at least one mentor. Each institution’s leader of Quality and Safety, along with faculty from CRICO/Risk Management Foundation will provide program oversight and assist with developing mentor-mentee relationships and with selecting projects in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Fellows can also rotate to affiliated community-hospitals, office practices, and clinics during the course of the program. We are recruiting 2-3 fellows to begin a two-year term in July 2021.

Fellows will participate in projects, committees, and task forces that will enable them to develop competency in understanding the complexity of health care delivery and how to effect change. They will be exposed to a wide array of tools, strategies, and methodologies in the fields of safety and quality improvement. The fellowship provides a group mentorship opportunity as well as an “experiential” component. Fellows will be expected to participate in and then lead local improvement projects and other quality related activities, and have the opportunity to share active projects with their colleagues for feedback. In addition, fellows will take coursework towards a Master of Healthcare Quality and Safety degree (tuition paid) at Harvard Medical School (see Curriculum).

Fellows will also author manuscripts describing their efforts, findings, and lessons learned for publication in peer-reviewed quality/safety or general medical journals. Furthermore, opportunities to interact with local leading patient safety organizations will be provided (including attendance at national meetings and elective rotations).

To maintain their clinical skills and to have insight into practical health care operations, fellows can maintain a clinical practice up to 35% effort. Fellows will be expected to dedicate at least 65% of their time to fellowship activities. This percentage may vary depending on clinical responsibilities arranged with each fellow’s respective department. Fellows will receive a per annum stipend (set at one-half the current NIH postdoctoral trainee formulas) as well as tuition payment.

Program Goals/Objectives

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