Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Surgery and Specialty Care Residency and Fellow Program
Surgical Fellow in Quality and Safety
Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System/University of Minnesota
The Surgery and Specialty Care Service Line at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System (Minneapolis VAHCS) and the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota are recruiting a Surgical Fellow in Quality and Safety (SFQS). This is a unique, one year training program focused on quality improvement, patient safety, and leadership. The training program prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in healthcare organizations. The Department of Veterans Affairs has had several highly-regarded Quality and Safety training programs in Internal Medicine for a number of years but the SFQS training programs are new and extremely rare with very few positions available nationwide in 2018.
The position is open to mid-level (PGY 2 of above) and immediate graduates of surgical residencies and is a fully funded 1 year position. This is open to surgeons of any specialty. The SFQS will spend 25% of his/her time in clinical work and the remainder will be spent on a combination of formal and informal educational activities as well as direct observation and participation in the activities of the leadership team at the Minneapolis VAHCS. The resident will attend local and national patient safety conferences and work closely with clinical departments of the Minneapolis VAHCS and Surgical Departments of the University of Minnesota.
Goals of the training program include:
- Achieving competency in Quality Improvement and Patient safety as defined by the Institute of Medicine through mentored, high-impact projects.
- Training surgical and other health professionals in principles and practices of Quality Improvement and Patient safety.
- Establishing a culture of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Minneapolis VAHCS and University of Minnesota Surgery Residency Program.
- Developing leadership skills. The SFQS will have a unique opportunity to learn leadership by being directly mentored by the Chief of Surgery and Director of Surgical Specialty Care at the Minneapolis VAHCS who serves as the Program Director for the training program.
How to Apply:
Interested individuals in this well-designed, innovative training program should either contact the Program Director directly or send a cover letter and their CV to:
Steven M Santilli, MD, PhD, MBA
Director Surgery and Surgical Specialty Care
Program Director, SFQS Program
Mail Code 112
1 Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417