The Foundation was created in 2008 by The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest insurer of medical professional liability for physicians, surgeons, and other health professionals.
The purpose of the Foundation is to support patient safety education for healthcare professionals in training and in practice, and patient safety research with clinically useful applications. In this context, patient safety is defined as a healthcare discipline that minimizes the incidence and impact of adverse events by redesigning systems and processes using human factors principles to reduce errors.
The Foundation does not support clinical research projects primarily involving the provision of medical support services to patients. Construction projects and the purchase of equipment will not be funded. While general funding for medical meetings and conferences will not be considered, support for invited speakers when the principal focus of their presentation is on patient safety, and support for the attendance of healthcare professionals in training at patient safety conferences will be considered.
The Foundation is a charitable organization with 501(c)3 nonprofit status. It is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors that includes physicians and corporate representatives. The board is chaired by David B. Troxel, MD, who is also medical director at The Doctors Company.
The Doctors Company Foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2017. All grant submissions need to be submitted by the deadline of April 15, 2017 in order to be considered for the single 2017 grant review cycle. Applicants will be notified by July 1, 2017 of the Foundation's decision. If you are interested in submitting a request to our Foundation, please visit our Grant Application Process page.
In partnership with the Lucian Leape Institute of the National Patient Safety Foundation, we recognized six young physicians for their deep personal insight into the significance of patient safety work. Read the press release.
Read the six winning essays from The Doctors Company Foundation’s 2016 Young Physicians Patient Safety Awards: