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Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

FROM THE DIRECTOR

Launched in 2009 to support research and training, the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety (CHIPS) at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine aims to be an engine for change, developing innovative programs to achieve excellence in quality and patient safety. We hope to achieve this goal through rigorous evaluations that continually challenge assumptions and test innovative ideas and by training future leaders in the field of patient safety and quality improvement research, education, and administration.

The scope of our work, from single site demonstration projects to multi-center randomized trials, extends across the healthcare system with a particular emphasis on clinical operations within the hospital and the transitions between inpatient and outpatient settings. Focusing on multidisciplinary collaborations between researchers, administrative leaders, and clinical providers, CHIPS draws members from across diverse clinical areas.

The Center offers training opportunities for residents, fellows, and junior faculty and benefits from collaboration with the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, the

The Center's goals are:

  • To design and deliver in-depth education and hands-on experience in the field of quality improvement and safety research to trainees who aspire to careers in quality and safety research, administration, and/or education.
  • To design, implement and evaluate healthcare system interventions designed to improve quality and patient safety in partnership with members of the Penn Medicine community.
  • To establish a forum for cross-disciplinary collaboration in comparative effectiveness research and implementation science.
  • To disseminate findings widely, utilizing the broadest range of outlets available, so that benefits resulting from research achieve maximum impact.

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The Center was made possible by a donation from the Philadelphia Antiques Show and is sustained with funds from the Laffey-McHugh Foundation.

Joshua Metlay, MD, PhD  Center for Healthcare Improvement