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