The Doctors Company Foundation

About The Doctors Company Foundation

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 health care professionals in training and in practice, patient safety research with clinically useful applications, and medical professional liability research. In this context, patient safety is defined as a health care 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 clinical or 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 the presentation is on patient safety and support for the attendance of health care 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.

Now Accepting 2015 Grant Applications

The Doctors Company Foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2015. If you are interested in submitting a request to our Foundation, please visit our Grant Application Process page.

2015 Young Physicians Patient Safety Award

Each year, six $5,000 awards will be given to third- and fourth-year medical students attending a U.S. medical school who write a winning essay about the most instructional patient safety event they have experienced in a clinical rotation.

2014 Patient Safety Award Winners

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 2014 Young Physicians Patient Safety Awards:

Essay 1

Essay 2

Essay 3

Essay 4

Essay 5

Essay 6