Improving patient safety is complex work. As a frontline clinician striving to provide safe, high-quality care to patients, you are at the ground level. You have an opportunity every day to achieve safety goals and provide better quality care.

The UW Medicine Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality and Safety (PCQS) is a home for collaborative projects in this area. Dr. Thomas Gallagher directs the center.

Certificate program in patient safety and quality

The Certificate Program in Patient Safety and Quality is an innovative training opportunity run jointly by Seattle Children's Hospital and the UW Medicine Center for Patient Care Quality and Safety. The program builds a cadre of front-line clinicians with the skills and knowledge to identify gaps and propose solutions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of care delivery and strengthen the provider-patient relationship. Participants will also develop skills necessary to effectively disseminate their work and build a track record of scholarship in patient safety and quality.

For more information and to apply for the program, visit the UW Medicine PCQS website

Department of Medicine Quality and Safety Accelerator Grant Program

The DOM Quality and Safety Accelerator Grant Program provides pilot funding and expert guidance for innovative projects led by DOM faculty that improve patient safety and quality of care, reduce medical-legal expenses, and strengthen the academic environment around patient safety. 

Please note, first time and new investigators are welcome to apply. If you have any questions or could use some support in creating this grant proposal, please contact the grant program staff at domqs@uw.edu.

Eligibility

Department of Medicine faculty members are eligible to apply. Colleagues from other departments and training levels (i.e. fellows and residents) can also be involved in the project, however, the PI must be a Department of Medicine faculty member.

Benefits

  • A one-time 12-month pilot project grant of either $10,000 or $20,000
  • Ongoing technical assistance and academic support
  • Access to clinical experts to help the project succeed

Patient safety innovations program

The Patient Safety Innovations Program (PSIP) provides pilot funding and expert guidance to innovative projects that improve patient safety and quality of care, reduce medical-legal expenses, and strengthen the academic environment around patient safety.

Eligibility:

Clinicians or researchers who are part of the University of Washington faculty are eligible to apply. Grantees will receive technical assistance with both new and currently funded projects.

Benefits:

  •  A one-time pilot project grant up to $50,000
  • Ongoing technical assistance and academic support
  • Access to clinical experts to help the project succeed

For more information and to apply for the program, visit the UW Medicine PCQS website.

Research funding opportunities

The center is poised to support large-scale research projects and grants focused on:

  • Providing patient-centered care and new approaches to the interfaces between quality, transparency, and communication.
  • Using informatics to enhance quality and safety; developing "smart metrics" related to quality and safety; natural language processing.
  • Promoting value in healthcare; addressing how payment mechanisms, bundling, and the Choosing Wisely initiative impact quality and safety.
  • Deploying genomics and other molecular biomarkers to individualize care; understanding their relationship to quality and safety.

Visiting professor in patient safety

The Department of Medicine proudly co-sponsored Dr. Tejal Gandhi as the 2017 UW Medicine Visiting Professor in Patient Safety. She presented: "Free from harm: Accelerating patient safety to improve population health" at Medicine Grand Rounds on February 23, 2017.