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Patient Safety Fellowship (non-ACGME)

Explore systems innovation and healthcare transformation within an integrated health care delivery system.

Kaiser Permanente (KP) is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, serving 12.6 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 deeply rooted values 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, a program that encompasses a broad area including systems innovation and healthcare transformation. Fellows combine clinical practice in their discipline with experiential and structured learning through project work, didactics, and discussion to broaden and deepen their skills in leadership, change management, systems design, 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 or two 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. The fellowship exists to provide physicians with skills in leading the transformation of healthcare delivery. 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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