Clinical Fellowship in Quality and Safety Leadership
The Clinical Fellowship in Quality and Safety Leadership at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides fellows the experience and tools to drive improvements in quality of care and patient safety and ultimately lead quality and safety programs in hospitals and hospital systems.
The Clinical Fellowship in Quality and Safety Leadership at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides fellows the experience and tools to drive improvements in quality of care and patient safety and ultimately lead quality and safety programs in hospitals and hospital systems. Graduates will be well prepared to eventually assume leadership positions such as Chief Quality and Safety Officer, Medical Director for Quality Improvement or Chief Medical Officer.
This two-year, fully funded fellowship admits one trainee per year on or about July 1. The program is integrated with the Masters of Business Operational Excellence (MBOE) at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. A stipend is included for the appropriate level of training and MBOE program costs. This fellowship program is unique in that it is both pediatric-focused and leads to an advanced degree.
The fellowship program utilizes a mixture of didactic training, smallgroup/ seminar discussions, teaching and hands-on, experiential learning opportunities to broaden competencies. The fellow is exposed to several areas within the hospital’s quality infrastructure, including designing and implementing quality and safety initiatives, quality strategic planning, accreditation and certifications, physician performance evaluation and root cause analyses. The fellow also will have direct access to and learn from senior leaders and executives at Nationwide Children’s.
What You Need to Know
Program Timeline, Structure & Competencies
The fellowship begins in July with rotations in various areas of quality and safety at Nationwide Children’s, followed by the Quality Improvement Essentials course, which has trained over 250 leaders at Nationwide Children’s and elsewhere.
In December, the fellow will begin the Masters of Business Operational Excellence (MBOE) at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, which will be completed over the ensuing 12 months, while continuing to be engaged in a variety of activities at Nationwide Children’s.
The final six months of the fellowship will focus on leading and coordinating a portfolio of quality and safety initiatives and finalizing manuscripts for submission to peer reviewed journals.
- Clinical Experience - The fellow will spend 20 percent of his or her time in the appropriate clinic area.
- Didactic Training - Structured didactic education will take place through multiple methods. These include participation in an internal Quality Improvement Essentials course and didactic sessions in the MBOE program.
- Experiential Training - The foundation of the fellowship is ongoing, hands-on, experiential training in quality and safety. The fellow will lead quality improvement projects through the Quality Improvement Essentials course and the Capstone Project in the MBOE program. The fellow will be integrated into every aspect of the quality and safety structure at Nationwide Children’s – from rotations of a few weeks to the entire duration of the fellowship, depending on the experience.
- Conferences, Seminars and Book Club - The fellow will participate in a number of ongoing seminars and journal clubs. Additionally, the fellow will lead a “book club” in which relevant texts regarding quality, safety and leadership are read and discussed by the fellow, program faculty and others in the institution who lead the quality and safety efforts.
- Teaching - The fellow will become an educator of quality improvement and safety in the Quality Improvement Essentials course and in the clinical curriculum of residents and fellows at Nationwide Children’s.
- Scholarly Productivity - The fellow will be expected to be the team leader of one or more QI/safety projects, each of which will culminate in an abstract, presentation at an external meeting and publication in a peer reviewed journal.
- Core Quality and Safety Concepts
- Hospital Safety, including Event Reporting, Safety Huddles and Root Cause Analysis
- Population Health
- Information Technology in Health Care
- QI Methodology including the IHI model, Lean and Six Sigma (including Six Sigma Black Belt certification)
- The Accreditation Process
- Biostatistics and Statistical Process Control
- Risk Management
- Leadership, Strategy and Motivation
- Scientific Writing
“Improving quality and safety is not achieved solely in the classroom or in the boardroom. While understanding the theory of QI is critical, as is institutional support from the most senior leaders, it is what we do at the bedside that will ultimately determine the outcomes of our patients. Quality and safety leaders must excel in translating theory and vision into meaningful and sustainable changes in clinical practice.”
Wallace Crandall, MD, MMM, Medical Director, Quality Improvement Services Fellowship Co-Director
Masters of Business Operational Excellence (MBOE)
The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business' Masters of Business Operational Excellence (MBOE), with an additional specialized track in Health Care, is an innovative, 12-month degree program. This dynamic program focuses on preparing high-potential managers for leadership in the rapidly changing, continuous improvement environment found in service, health care and manufacturing organizations.
This program is designed to create lean thought leaders with a bias for action. As a result of the MBOE experience, managers will learn how to achieve operational excellence by utilizing a variety of Lean and Six Sigma tools, including value stream management, employee engagement, waste reduction, capability building and innovation.
The MBOE program is structured to provide intense periods of oncampus learning, followed with practical application of the concepts, through an integrative Capstone Project. A mentor is assigned to the fellow through the program and works closely with the mentors at Nationwide Children’s to guide the fellow’s education and improvement projects.
“The primary advantage we offer our fellows is our environment. We are a nationally recognized pediatric hospital at the forefront of quality and safety, with abundant mentors, broad and deep educational opportunities, and a quality and safety infrastructure that includes experts from both health care and industry. Crossenrollment in the Master’s in Business Operational Excellence program at a leading business school both compliments and diversifies our fellows’ experience. Our fellows will graduate with competencies unmatched by their peers.”
Thomas Bartman, MD, PhD, Associate Medical Director, Quality Improvement Services Fellowship Co-Director
Why Choose Nationwide Children's
- Nationwide Children’s is a national leader in quality and safety. Nationwide Children’s is one of four U.S. hospitals recognized for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety, receiving the 2015 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize®. Learn more about quality and safety at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
- Ranked in all 10 specialties on U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll,” Nationwide Children’s is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease.
- Nationwide Children’s has a medical staff of 1,100 and nearly 12,000 employees providing state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians, pediatric surgeons and pediatric specialists.
- The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities.
- Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
- Columbus, the state capital of Ohio, is a thriving, diverse and technologically sophisticated city. Learn more about life in Columbus.
“Leading the efforts to deliver better quality and safer health care is a shared purpose and passion among senior leadership at Nationwide Children’s. Pursuing this fellowship will expose the successful candidate to a nationally recognized, high reliability organization’s leaders and their aspirational culture. The fellow will gain crucial knowledge about a wide range of organizational factors, each of which impacts performance.”
Steve Allen, MD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer
“Up until now, project experience and on the job training have been essential building blocks in the career path for individuals who want to lead hospital quality and safety programs, but in my view going forward – Master’s level training will become an additional essential part of that career path. Our pediatric training program, uniquely offers both components.”
Richard J. Brilli, MD, FAAP, MCCM, Chief Medical Officer
Application and Selection
Eligible physicians will have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program with or without sub-specialty fellowship training. It may also be combined with a fellowship in a clinical training area by supplementing a portion of that fellowship’s research commitment.
Applicants should send the following:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Statement indicating the reasons for your interest in quality and safety, and the fellowship program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
- Three letters of recommendation from mentors with whom you have worked
Submit to Emily.Homan@nationwidechildrens.org or mail to:
Program Coordinator, Clinical Fellowship in Quality and Safety Leadership
700 Children’s Drive, JW1974
Columbus, OH 43205
For more information, please contact:
Thomas Bartman, MD, PhD
Sandra P. Spencer Cockerham, MD
Julie Balch Samora, MD, PhD, MPH