Selected by the Office of Academic Affiliations, MEDVAMC is now one of 50 programs in the country that hosts the Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety initiative. Three positions are available and are led by a team of VA faculty from both medical and operative care lines.

Program Goals

The goal of the national program is to enhance residents’ care for Veterans by redesigning medical education and patient care to include the area of quality and patient safety. There is a shortage of faculty qualified to teach quality improvement and patient safety. The CRQS has been developed to address this gap and increase interest of more junior residents in quality and patient safety.

Few residency programs today allow residents the time to participate fully in patient safety or quality improvement activities. We hope that after completing this year, residents will be able to go into an academic position or complete an academic fellowship with a focus on quality improvement and patient safety.

Program Description

The Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety is a one year, post-graduate training role focused on quality improvement and patient safety.

The CRQS is a teaching, leadership, research, and a learning role, which distinguishes it from the more traditional administrative roles of chief residents in some specialties.

The CRQS must have completed their primary residency training for initial board eligibility and qualify for credentialing and privileging as licensed independent practitioners in their specialty. The CRQS year provides a mentored academic training experience while also allowing for hands on quality improvement work that directly impacts patient safety. J1 and H1-B visas are not eligible.