Largest Patient Safety Fellowship Yet Set to Examine the Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has wrought havoc on every area of the U.S. healthcare system. Its impact hasn't stopped cascading across healthcare specialties and regions, and leaders of the future will need to understand all the intricacies of the healthcare system's successes and failures and develop the tools to respond when the next major crisis hits. In its most unique iteration since it began in 2005, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's Patient Safety Fellowship will examine both the COVID-19 pandemic and its role in exposing the gaps within the existing patient and provider safety systems.

Not only will the fellowship dive into the U.S. response to COVID-19, but it will be completely virtual – a first time for any Feinstein Fellowship. With the move to a virtual format, the fellowship also opened applications to participants beyond Pittsburgh and received a record number of applicants. Due to the demand and the unique capabilities of a virtual fellowship, 69 fellows will participate in this year's Patient Safety Fellowship. The cohort is comprised of fellows from 34 different disciplines including nursing, medicine, public health, health administration, business, law, healthcare ethics, social work, population health informatics, pharmacy, engineering, and more. The fellows represent 17 different universities, including A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy, Duquesne University, Elon University, Kent State University, Midwestern University, Penn State University, Robert Morris University, Slippery Rock University, George Washington University, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia School of Medicine, and Washington Health System School of Nursing.

Over the course of the 9-week fellowship, the fellows will engage with a variety of experts in the fields of public health, infectious disease, safety science, emergency preparedness, as well as leaders of healthcare facilities and local innovators adapting to the crisis. Fellows will be challenged to analyze the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and consider the many variables that have influenced the various outcomes. For the finale, fellows will design a response to address a case study of a healthcare emergency to synthesize and apply the lessons they have learned throughout the fellowship. They will draw on sessions highlighting the application of predictive analytics and contact tracing, learning about effective leadership and building resiliency in teams, developing a toolkit of safety science and quality improvement, and understanding how to foster creativity and innovation amid a pandemic.

The Patient Safety Fellowship kicks off with its first session on June 3rd and concludes on July 29th. 

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