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The Healthcare Leadership for Quality Residency Track Program

Preparing the next generation of physician leaders in health care quality

Welcome to the Healthcare Leadership for Quality Residency Track program! The call for physician leaders who are skilled in quality improvement and patient safety is a rising one across the nation. Our track is one of the few programs in the country to offer a distinct pathway for residents aspiring to be leaders in health care quality, patient safety, or informatics. During this two year longitudinal pathway, which is embedded within Penn Medicine’s residency programs, residents participate in various sessions that provide them with knowledge in health care quality, measurement, patient safety, informatics, and health care management. Armed with this knowledge, they then join leadership teams and work with them to design and implement an improvement initiative in our health care system as part of Penn Medicine’s Blueprint for Quality and Patient Safety.


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About the Program


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Key Components:

  • Core Curriculum: Sessions take place during the summer and include didactics and small group activities focused on Healthcare Quality, Measurement, Patient Safety, Informatics, QI Research, Risk Mitigation, Health Care Reform and Health Care Management.

  • Capstone Project: Residents design, implement, and study an improvement initiative in the area they are interested in. They will be paired with mentors from across UPHS to help ensure that their initiatives will result in sustained change. To accelerate improvement work, residents also participate in a Capstone Project Innovation Bootcamp which incorporates methods of design-thinking and innovation to add to their process improvement training.

  • Integration in a Quality, Safety, or Informatics Microsystem: Residents become part of an inter-professional leadership team that is accountable for the quality and safety outcomes within UPHS. The integration can take place in a hospital, ambulatory or informatics team.

  • Leadership Mentorship: In addition to a formal leadership curriculum, residents are assigned a UPHS executive as their leadership mentor. The goal of this program is to train our future physician leaders and current change agents to become self-aware about their own individual leadership skill sets, as well as teach them how to continually develop them by utilizing the “experience, reflection, feedback” model as a framework. Under this model, leadership development happens iteratively, with learners reflecting on experiences and seeking honest feedback from others.

Take the Next Step

Submit an electronic application by November 30th, 2015.

NOTE: You will not be able to save the application at this link so please plan to submit in its entirety.

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Why Choose Us?

  • Lead the Change at Penn Medicine: Residents are able to develop an improvement initiative from beginning of an idea, its implementation, and all the way through publication. Residents will be able to witness how their quality improvement project can improve patient outcomes and care processes.
  • Develop Leadership Skills: Residents can take their leadership skills to the next level with education in a variety of leadership topics such as effective communication, negotiation, and change management. The track aims to teach residents how to effectively lead and motivate others. Residents can also learn how Penn executives approach management on a big scale and gain career advice from them. Executives participating in the program include UPHS’ Chief Medical Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer, Penn Presbyterian’s CEO, and many other top-level officers.
  • Gain Skills in Quality Improvement: Residents will participate in a unique Capstone Project Innovation Bootcamp where training in process improvements tools and innovation techniques is provided to help residents successfully execute their chosen improvement initiative. The bootcamp accelerates residents’ learning curve by allowing them to gain insights into health care problems, test concepts quickly and at low cost, measure what works (and what does not), and change direction based on what is learned.
  • Gain Scholarship Experience: Residents can showcase their skills in quality improvement and disseminate their initiatives by presenting their project in UPHS’ departments meetings and conferences. Residents also go on to present their capstone project abstracts in regional and national conferences as well as having their manuscripts published.
  • Explore a Career Pathway: Residents have gone on to become leaders both within UPHS and elsewhere with positions such as Chief Medical Officer, Associate Program Director, Chief Quality and Safety Officer, Clinical Innovation Manager, Clinical Informatics Manager and Director of Quality.
  • Receive a Certificate of Quality and Safety Leadership: Upon completion of the track, residents are officially recognized as healthcare quality leaders by UPHS with a formal certificate of Quality and Safety.


For Applicants

What to do if you are considering applying?

  1. Talk to your program director and discuss whether it would be feasible with your clinical schedule.
  2. Reach out to current and past track residents.
  3. Contact the Track’s Program Directors

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do residents need to know how to do a quality improvement project?
    Absolutely not. We expect you to not know what you want to do and will work with you from July 2018 to November 2018 to help find an area that you are interested in doing a quality project. Additionally, we not only provide you with the skills to do a quality improvement project but we provide you an opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary team to complete your chosen project.
  2. Who can participate?
    Residents from all Penn Medicine residency program can apply.
  3. What is the time commitment?
    The track requires you over the course of two years to spend a minimum of 7 weeks to the curriculum and related activities. You will also be expected to attend a number of evening seminars.

2016 - 2018 Cohort


tariq ali

Tariq Ali

Internal Medicine

john barbieri

John Barbieri


heather ginannini

Heather Giannini

Internal Medicine

mara gordon

Mara Gordon

Family Medicine



david guttman

David Guttman

Radiation Oncology

seneca harberger

Seneca Harberger

Family Medicine

amy iarrobino

Amy Iarrobino

Internal Medicine

kaitlyn dugan ibrahim

Kaitlyn Ibrahim Dugan

Internal Medicine



gino inverso

Gino Inverso

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

christopher jensen

Christopher Jensen

Internal Medicine

frannie koenig

Frannie Koenig


adam lyons

Adam Lyons

Family Medicine



sam parker

Samantha Parker

Internal Medicine

milind patel

Milind Patel

PM & R

alexander sackeim

Alexander Sackeim


chintan shah

Chintan Shah

Diagnostic Radiology

Contact Us


Please contact Neha Patel, neha.patel@uphs.upenn.edu, or Jennifer Myers, jennifer.myers@uphs.upenn.edu, Track Directors, with any questions or to find out more about this opportunity.

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2017 - 2019 Cohort

2015 2017 Cohorts

oyinade aderibigbe

Oyinade Aderibigbe


toni aluko

Oluwatoni Aluko

Family Medicine

erik blutinger

Erik Blutinger

Emergency Medicine

neena cherayil

Neena Cherayil



residents 2

michael chorney

Michael Chorney


anne flynn

Anne Flynn


melissa gadsden

Melissa Gadsden

Internal Medicine

kenton hagan

Kenton Hagan

PM & R


residents 3

neil harrison

Neil Harrison


jennifer mccoy

Jennifer McCoy


mili mehta

Mili Mehta

Internal Medicine

diana mosquera

Diana Mosquera



residents 4

susanna okula

Susanna O'Kula


brian j park

Brian J. Park


rohit sangal

Rohit Sangal

Emergency Medicine

jocelyn shubella

Jocelyn Shubella

Internal Medicine


residents 4

brandon swed

Brandon Swed

Internal Medicine

samir thaker

Samir Thaker


jenny wang

Jenny Wang

Family Medicine

Contact Us


Contact Us

Please contact Neha Patel, neha.patel@uphs.upenn.edu, or Jennifer Myers, jennifer.myers@uphs.upenn.edu, Track Directors, with any questions or to find out more about this opportunity.

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Neha Patel, MD

Track Director
Director, Mobile Strategy and Applications, UPHS



Jennifer Myers, MD

Track Director
Director, Quality and Safety Education, Department of Medicine, PSOM
Director, Center for Healthcare Improvement & Patient Safety, PSOM



PJ Brennan, MD

Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of UPHS



jeffrey berns

Jeffrey S. Berns, MD

Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Nephrology Fellowship Program Director


Pat Sullivan, PhD

Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety at the UPHS

jia lapointe

Jia Lapointe, MBA

Track Coordinator