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Program Goals

The goal of the Patient Safety Fellowship training program is to prepare graduates for careers in patient safety leadership, with particular research skills in the areas of redesigning and transforming healthcare delivery. Goals and certifications include:

  • Acquiring practical skills & tools to enhance patient safety in a health system
  • Understanding the value of a systems-based approach to problem solving based upon Human Factors principles
  • Understanding concept of “Safety Culture” in a health system
  • Familiarization with research methodology and its application in patient safety
  • Conduct of a project that results in problem identification and solution implementation
  • Participation in simulation trainings as a tool for systems safety
  • Acquiring leadership skills to enhance the safety of health care delivery in a health system
  • Becoming a Patient Safety Executive Diplomat from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Becoming a Certified Professional in Patient Safety from the National Patient Safety Foundation
  • Becoming a trained Improvement Advisor by means of national Kaiser Permanente training in the rapid improvement model

Each fellow will select a primary mentor, who along with the fellow, will create a Mentor Panel of content and methodologic experts from KP that will meet quarterly to assess the fellow’s progress in attaining his or her research goals. While some applicants will often have primary mentors in mind, guidance and help in selecting a primary mentor will be provided when appropriate.

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