This 1 year program aims to train an EM physician in the administrative and academic aspects of medical quality, patient safety, and practice innovation, in order to prepare them for leadership roles in patient care and quality assurance. 



- Participate in projects and committees to develop an understanding of the complexity of health care delivery and Quality Improvement/Patient Safety

- To be exposed to a wide array of tools, strategies, and methodologies in the fields of safety and quality improvement

- To participate in and then lead local improvement projects at AHS and other quality related activities


Fellow Education:


•       Quality improvement tools and techniques

•       High reliability, human factors, and system redesign

•       Patient safety “just culture”

•       Failure Modes and Effects Analysis

•       Adverse event response/mgmt (Root Cause Analysis, Disclosure/Apology)

•       Teamwork and facilitation

•       Health information technology

•       Quality improvement research methods

•       Measurement and reporting

•       Patient and family engagement

•       Effective practice dissemination and spread

•       Emerging trends in quality and safety




Administrative Duties:

Emergency Department:

Work with Chief Residents for Case Conference

Quality principles

Year Long curriculum

Establish QI/PS project to be completed completed by June

Serve as Advisor to Resident Quality Committee

Facilitate biannual QI/PS project presentations

Combined with Internal Medicine and Surgery as part of GME CLER visit recommendations.

Yearly Journal Watch/Club with QI/PS focus


Clinical:   68 Hrs per mo (7-8 shifts) of time in Emergency Department providing clinical work


$70,000/year plus benefits

Travel assistance for research presentation

Other financial opportunities (e.g. moonlighting allowed)

CME $9,000


Highland Distinctives

High acuity, urban, county ED

Direct Supervision of Residents, Medical Students and Advanced Practice Providers (PAs, NPs)

Research assistants

Bay Area quality of life

International emphasis

Travel opportunities



1 year



Completed 4-year emergency medicine residency or 3-year residency with ≥ 1 year postgraduate experience


Application Deadline

October 15, 2016



Gene Hern, MD
Director, Quality/Patient Safety Fellowship
Vice Chair, Education
Department of Emergency Medicine
AHS - Highland Hospital
1411 East 31st Street
Oakland, CA 94602
Email: hhern@alamedahealthsystem.org

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