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Quality and Safety Fellowship - Riverside

Medical Education

Quality and Safety Fellowship - Riverside

Quality and Safety Fellowship - Riverside

Fellowship Overview

The Quality and Safety Fellowship is specifically designed to train physicians in the knowledge and skills necessary to lead and teach quality improvement and patient safety.

The Quality and Safety Fellowship is a one-year structured, certificate program, sponsored by the OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital Department of Graduate Medical Education (GME). The fellowship is open to physicians who have successfully completed an ACGME or AOA accredited residency program.

The fellowship consists of didactic sessions and extensive hands-on experiences. The fellows will learn directly from OhioHealth quality and patient safety leaders as well as faculty development mentors. The curriculum is designed to provide the fellows training in leadership and faculty development skills for careers in clinical quality improvement leadership and/or faculty positions in a dynamic healthcare system.

Fellowship Educational Goal

  • Produce physician leaders in quality improvement and patient safety who understand the complexity of the healthcare delivery system and effectively lead quality improvement and patient safety efforts.
  • Develop physician scholars who effectively teach and mentor quality improvement and patient safety to all faculty members and residents, as well as create and lead educational innovations that embed quality improvement and patient safety across the continuum of physician training.

When fellows have completed the program, they will be able to:

  • Articulate key concepts in quality and patient safety, including patient safety theory, quality improvement methodologies, outcome measurement, project implementation, change management, data analysis and reporting.
  • Develop competence in designing, conducting, and facilitating quality improvement projects using rigorous scientific methods and contribute to the field through presentation or publication of their work.
  • Navigate the complex dynamics of health delivery system and apply strategies to promote communication and teamwork in multidisciplinary teams for improving quality of care and patient safety.
  • Acquire faculty development skill set required to integrate the teaching of quality improvement and patient safety across the continuum of medical education and clinical practice.

Program structure

  • Clinical Experience – 20% of time practicing direct patient care in the fellow’s specialty area
  • Didactic Training – an innovative, blended learning approach that combines structured online modules with face‐to‐face, team‐and individual-based teaching methods and practicums
  • Ongoing Hands-On Learning – participate in quality improvement (QI) and patient safety (PS) programs within the organization, including a capstone project that is aligned with organizational QI/PS priorities and support
  • Teaching – provide residents knowledge and skills in QI/PS, and mentor their QI/PS projects to completion
  • Committees – attend hospital and health system QI/PS committees, clinical guidance councils, Kaizen board and safety rounds, M&M conferences and Medical Operation Team meetings
  • Scholarly Productivity – as project leader in one or more QI/PS projects that will culminate in a presentation at a national conference and/or publication in a peer-review journal
  • Faculty Development – learn teaching skills and curriculum design, implementation and evaluation
  • Leadership Training – complete the OhioHealth Physician Leadership Academy

Core Curriculum

The basic framework of curriculum content for all fellows covers the following topics:

  • Improvement science
  • Quality improvement
  • Patient safety
  • Health system operations
  • Leadership
  • Faculty development

The fellows should further advance their learning and take a deep dive into one or two areas of the core curriculum, with the approval of the fellowship director.

Fellowship Director

Miriam Chan, PharmD, CDE
Program Director of Med Ed Quality & Safety, Medical Education 
Director of Research & EBM Education, Riverside Family Medicine Residency 
OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital


Kathryn Crea, PharmD, BCPS, CPPS, Director of Quality, Accreditation and Patient Safety OhioHealth-Riverside Methodist Hospital

Joe Gladwell, MD, CPHQ, CPPS, Medical Director of Quality & Safety, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Quality & Safety Fellowship Alumni 2016-2017

Thomas Harmon, MD, VP Medical Affair, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital

Laurie Hommema, MD, Program Director, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency

Michael Holland, System VP, Lean Strategy and Operation, OhioHealth

Amy Imm, MD, MMM, FCCP, System Vice President, Medical Affairs, OhioHealth

Matthew Kunar, DO, MBOE, Director of Medical Education, Dublin Methodist Hospital; Associate Program Director, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency

Jennifer Middleton, MD, Associate Program Director, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency

James M. O’Brien, Jr., MD, MSc, System Vice President, Quality, OhioHealth

Chelsey Petz, MD, Assistant Program Director, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital Internal Medicine Residency

Sara Sukalich, MD, Director of Medical Education, Designated Institutional Official, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital

Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, Sr. VP, Chief Medical Officer, OhioHealth

How to Apply

The ideal candidate will have completed an ACGME- or AOA-accredited residency and will be board certified or board eligible.
A strong interest in teaching is required.

To Apply: Contact Angela Miles at for application requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact the fellowship director:
Miriam Chan, PharmD, CDE at


Riverside Methodist Hospital, Internal Medicine

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Cleveland State University

Pulmonary and critical care medicine, general internal medicine. I believe it is important to continue to focus on improving the care and safety of patients. This fellowship offered an opportunity to learn the principles of quality improvement and patient safety in order to impact effective change, as well as be involved in medical education and hospital administration.

I am planning on pursuing a pulmonary and critical care fellowship and hope to continue to be involved in medical education and teaching/leading continuous process improvement initiatives.