Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care: School of Medicine: University of California, Irvine

Fellowship in Quality and Patient Safety

Our one year fellowship in Quality and Patient Safety focuses on training future clinical leaders in organizational and health system quality.

Quality and Patient Safety

This fellowship consists of structured didactics, rotations with organizational leadership and mentored clinical quality improvement projects. The fellow will participate in various taskforces and committees of the Quality Department and Risk and Regulatory Affairs. The curriculum has been developed to expose fellows to various quality and patient safety tools to effectively lead change in a healthcare environment. In order to maintain clinical competency, the fellows will be required to maintain a small percentage of clinical practice as a part of the fellowship program. The fellow will have a chance to work with the department research staff as well as nationally acclaimed faculty at the university level during the fellowship.

The curriculum is designed to provide some flexibility to be tailored to each fellow’s needs. The fellow will have a primary mentor who will provide guidance in professional development, and meet on a regular basis to provide feedback and assistance in achieving the fellow’s goals.


Fellowship training in quality and patient safety consist of:

  • Quality tools, quality measurement, quality improvement
  • Science of patient safety, human factors, high reliability
  • Adverse events management, root cause analysis
  • Risk management strategies
  • Leadership and change management
  • Basics of hospital administration
  • Health policies and ethics
  • Biostatistics
  • Design and analysis of clinical studies

Application Process

Please submit the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Cover letter
  • Names of at least three references and their contact information

Email required documents to:

Qualified applicants will be invited to interview with the director of the fellowship program as well as other clinical faculty.

Special Requirements

Completion of an ACGME accredited anesthesia residency program, DEA license and California medical license prior to start of fellowship. Candidates must be board-certified or eligible for certification in anesthesiology.

Contact Information

Please direct all inquires to (email preferred):

Britney Prince
Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 714-456-5835

Shermeen Vakharia, MD, MBA
Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs
Program Director
Clinical Professor

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