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Patient Safety Fellowship (non-ACGME)

Kaiser Permanente (KP) is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, serving 12.4 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia.

KP’s mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care and to improve the health of its members and communities. This is made possible by a dynamic, highly reliable and complex system with values deeply rooted in wellness, prevention and community. Medical teams, including Permanente Medical Group physicians, are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. KP has been dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and improving community health since its inception in 1945.

This unique environment is the setting for the KP Northern California Patient Safety Fellowship. Fellows combine clinical practice in their discipline with experiential and structured didactic learning to broaden and deepen their skills in patient safety and quality improvement. Organizational support, including project sponsorship, personalized mentoring and specialized training, prepares graduates of our program for careers as leaders and change agents.

The fellowship is a one-year program that was launched in 2012 as a joint venture by Northern California Graduate Medical Education and the Northern California Office of Risk Management and Patient Safety. Dr Paul Preston, who was deeply involved in major patient safety initiatives at Kaiser Permanente throughout his career, served as founding Program Director of the fellowship from 2012 until his retirement in 2020. The fellowship exists to provide physicians with skills in leading the transformation of healthcare delivery, through advanced training and education in patient safety and quality improvement. Up to two positions are offered each year in a highly competitive and holistic selection process.

Key areas of fellowship training include:

“Now, it’s up to health care organizations to deliver. Our sights should be set on achieving access to quality care that is affordable to all, while delivering the best service experience we can imagine. Most important, we must rethink what health care can be, how care can be delivered, and why care that is accessible, affordable and of the highest quality can help Americans live longer, healthier lives.”

– Bernard J Tyson, Former CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals

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