Quality & Safety Physician Leadership Fellowship | MedStar Health

Quality and Safety Physician Leadership Fellowship at MedStar Health

The MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety and MedStar Health Research Institute’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare are excited to announce a one-year Quality and Safety Physician Leadership Fellowship. Graduating residents, fellows, and attendings in any specialty are encouraged to apply.

This fellowship offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to shape a unique experience based on your quality and safety interests. The fellow will study under the guidance of the Program Director and past Quality and Safety Fellow, Dr. Melanie Grady, and receive oversight and mentorship from MIQS leaders.

The fellow will have the opportunity to:

  • Rotate with subject matter experts in patient safety, quality and data science, human factors engineering, performance improvement, and risk management, among others.
  • Attend up to two national conferences to further their education experience
  • Join committees, participate in leadership meetings, and lead quality and safety projects with system-wide impact

At the end of the program, the fellow will be qualified to:

  • Pursue certifications in quality and safety such as the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) and/or Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ).
  • Complete the Executive Master’s in Clinical Quality, Safety, and Leadership Certificate or Master’s program through Georgetown University.

How does the fellowship work?

The fellowship is set up as a block schedule, with experiential learning at the forefront. Each month, the fellow will rotate with a team of subject matter experts to identify initiatives to lead and move forward to completion, with frequent coaching and feedback to achieve success.

The fellow will also complete a longitudinal project with close mentorship from quality and safety leaders throughout the fellowship year. The fellow will have opportunities to present their work at various forums as the year concludes.

Fellows are expected to practice clinically. The fellowship position is full-time, with 50 percent dedicated to clinical continuity (clinical practice in one’s specialty area) and 50 percent to fellowship activities.

For more information contact the program team at MSHQSFellowship@medstar.net.

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Past projects

Fellows are encouraged to engage in projects with system impact that align with their quality and safety interests. Examples of past projects led by fellows include:

  • Inpatient diabetes management and patient education
  • Patient safety event reporting among resident physicians – trends and opportunities for improvement
  • Diagnostic error multi-health system collaborative – Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine


Application process

To apply, send the following materials in one PDF bundle to the MSHQSFellowship@medstar.net by Saturday, April 15, 2023:

  • Current resume (CV)
  • Statement of interest (fewer than 500 words) outlining motivation for applying, goals for the fellowship, and any prior work in quality and safety (which is not required)
  • Letter of support from clinical service line leader (faculty chair, department chair, facility medical director, regional medical director, or pillar chief);
  • Letter of recommendation

We look forward to reviewing your application and welcoming our new 2023 fellow.

Important dates

  • Saturday, April 15, 2023: Application Deadline
  • Late April/Early May: Initial interviews conducted
  • May: Superior candidates will be invited to interview with executives at the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety
  • Official offer will be extended after the completion of interviews

Other important information

  • Start date: July 2023
  • Term: 1 year
  • Benefits: full (includes paid holidays, vacation, and health insurance)

Contact us

Please e-mail the program coordinator, Laria Jones at MSHQSFellowship@medstar.net if you have any questions regarding the fellowship or application process.