University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Outcomes of an Interprofessional Patient Safety Fellowship Program

Qiyan Mu, RN, PhD; Mary E. Hagle, PhD; Kimberly Bell, PharmD; Kathlyn E. Fletcher, MD, MA; Lindsey M. Ladell, PharmD; Jerome VanRuiswyk, MD

WMJ. 2021;120(4):309-312.

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Background: Interprofessional training for patient safety is essential in developing leaders and advocates who are versed in patient safety science and interprofessional collaboration. We describe an interprofessional patient safety fellowship program and its outcomes over 8 years.

Methods: Programmatic data were reviewed and a survey was sent to all program graduates with a known email address (N = 18).

Results: Fellows obtained interprofessional skills, knowledge, and methods of patient safety science, as well as preparation as patient safety experts through didactic and experiential training. Program outcomes included sustained quality improvements, publications (n = 8), presentations (n = 29), and recruitment of graduates into quality and safety leadership positions (67%).

Discussion: Facilitators and barriers that influenced the success of the fellowship program were noted at institutional and individual levels. The development and sustainability of interprofessional safety training programs depends on concerted efforts by leadership, academic-practice partnerships, and committed faculty and learners.

Authors Affliations: Nursing Education/Research, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Mu, Hagle); Pharmacy Services, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Bell); Department of Medicine, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Fletcher, VanRuiswyk); Office of Quality Management and Safety, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Ladell).
Corresponding Author: Qiyan Mu, RN, PhD, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, 5000 W National Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53295; phone 414.248.1100; email
Acknowledgements: The content is the responsibility of the authors alone and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States government.
Funding/Support: This material is based on support from the Office of Academic Affiliations, Graduate Medical Education (2011-2017) and National Center for Patient Safety (2018-Present), Department of Veterans Affairs, and with resources and the use of facilities at Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Financial Disclosures: None declared.
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