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Clinical Fellowship in Quality and Safety Leadership Program Overview

Program Timeline

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.

Program Structure

  • 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.

Developed Competencies

At the end of the program, the fellow will have demonstrated competency in:
  • 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


Quality, Safety and Delivering Best Outcomes

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