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FRONTIERS COURSE:  Healthcare Leadership in Quality 

The Healthcare Leadership in Quality Frontiers experience is a two-week immersion into the foundations and the application of quality improvement and patient safety science in healthcare.  Class enrollment is limited.  For consideration, please submit an application by May 15, 2013.

Through didactics and small group discussions, medical students and residents from various specialties (internal medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, ob-gyn and radiology) learn from faculty and other healthcare leaders in quality and safety about topics including:

  * Introduction to Penn Medicine’s Quality Infrastructure: Blueprint for Quality
  * Methodologies and tools to design, implement and study a quality improvement initiative
  * Tools and current approaches for preventing errors and improving outcomes in the hospital and in ambulatory settings

Optional activities:  Join a quality or safety team comprised of physicians, nurses, and residents at HUP and complete a QI project which can fulfill the requirements of a scholarly pursuit.

Please review last year's schedule for an example of lecture titles and names of guest speakers:     HLQ Summer Elective August 2012.

Justin Bosley and Anna Morys, two medical students who completed the course in 2011, partnered with the physical therapy team to conduct a project evaluating the allocation of personnel resources and how their skills may be more effectively utilized by the house staff and attending physicians who place patient orders. Areas for improvement were identified and shared with hospital administration for consideration.


“This elective equipped me with an understanding of the processes that can provide radical benefit to our healthcare system. While the reality of how much work there is to be done is daunting, the successful case studies reviewed in this course are encouragement enough to start tackling any problem. The speakers, faculty, residents, and other medical students involved were all like-minded, fun, engaged, and clearly motivated to better the ways in which we provide care.”         -Justin Bosley