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Contact Information:
Grace Bommarito
- Administrative Manager
HMS Fellowship in Patient Safety & Quality
Harvard Medical School
Anjala Tess, M.D. - Program Director
We will soon be accepting applications for Fellowship to begin in July 2019, with a deadline of October 12, 2018.
(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 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). http://www.rmf.harvard.edu

The fellowship is in collaboration with quality and safety leadership at the 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 interest/expertise will facilitate a successful fellowship experience for participants.

Fellows will each be based at one of the Harvard-affiliated sites for a maximum of 4 fellows per year. Each fellow will be paired with at least one mentor. Each institution’s Director/VP 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.

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 will have a didactic as well as an “experiential” component (see Curriculum). Fellows will be expected to participate in and then lead local improvement projects and other quality related activities. In addition, fellows will take coursework at Harvard School of Public Health, and can choose to obtain a Masters in Public Health (tuition paid) and participate in an ongoing didactic lecture series and have opportunities to share active projects with their colleagues for feedback. (Note: An absolute requirement for admission to HSPH is a standardized test score such as the GRE or the MCAT.) 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 small clinical practice equivalent to 20% effort. Fellows will be expected to dedicate at least 80% of their time to fellowship activities. This percentage may vary depending on 1) whether or not the fellow pursues an MPH degree, and 2) clinical responsibilities arranged with each fellow’s respective department. Fellows will receive a per annum stipend (using current NIH postdoctoral trainee formulas as noted below) as well as tuition payment. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-003.html as well as tuition payment.

Program Goals/Objectives

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