The mission of the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety (CHIPS) is to advance the field of quality improvement and patient safety in healthcare through research and training programs. Within the Center, a new fellowship program has been designed to specifically prepare graduates for careers in health services and health policy research related to healthcare improvement in academic, government, community, and industry settings. It will also prepare graduates for careers in healthcare administration or related clinical leadership positions in which a broad knowledge of quality improvement and patient safety science are increasingly needed.
Applicants will be physicians completing residency or fellowship training and interested in applying the methods of quality improvement and patient safety research to improve processes and reduce variability in healthcare settings. The program can be completed as part of a two year research component of a fellowship or residency.
Fellows will complete the The Masters of Science in Health Policy Research Program (MSHP) at Penn, which is a two-year training program focusing on health economics, health policy, qualitative/quantitative data collection, research design, statistics and data analysis. The degree requires seven core courses, three elective courses, and a supervised Masters Thesis. Additional information about the Masters of Health Policy Program can be found at http://www.med.upenn.edu/mshp/
The CHIPS fellowship is a track within the MSHP. These fellows will participate in a required elective in quality improvement and patient safety in their first year with additional electives in their second year chosen to support the trainee’s career goals within the field. Practical experiences in quality and safety such as root cause analyses, failure modes and effects analyses, a variety of quality improvement meetings, and simulation methods will be facilitated and required. Research projects for the CHIPS fellows will be related to quality improvement and patient safety topics, and they will be expected to actively participate in the leadership of a quality improvement project or meeting within their clinical discipline or area of interest during the two years. Finally, all CHIPS fellows will have two primary mentors: one in research methods and the other in quality improvement.
Creation of a certificate program in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety is being considered for healthcare providers in all professions who wish to acquire knowledge and skills in this area to advance their clinical programs.