The Doctors Company Foundation Young Physicians Patient Safety Award

Conferred in Partnership With The Lucian Leape Institute at The National Safety Patient Safety Foundation

Awards to be presented at the
Association of American Medical Colleges Integrating Quality Meeting
June 2015, Chicago, IL

Young Physicians Award Criteria:

The Doctors Company Foundation Young Physicians Patient Safety Award recognizes young physicians for their personal insight into the importance of applying the principles of patient safety to reduce the incidence of medical error. Individuals are invited to submit essays about patient safety events they personally experienced during clinical rotations. The essays will be judged by a panel selected by the Lucian Leape Institute of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Six winners will be selected and each will receive a $5,000 award, which will be presented at the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) Integrating Quality meeting in Chicago, June 2015.

Eligibility:

  • As of July 1, 2014 applicants must be either a 3rd or 4th year student in an American medical school
  • Award is for the best essay explaining your most instructional patient safety event during a clinical rotation-one that resulted in a personal transformation
  • Award will be presented by The Doctors Company Foundation at AAMC’s Integrating Quality meeting in Chicago
  • Essays will be judged and winners selected by panel identified by NPSF, all review committee decisions are final
  • Winners will be recognized at AAMC’s Integrating Quality meeting in Chicago
  • Registration, hotel and travel expenses will be covered for award recipients

By submitting an entry, the author grants The Doctors Company Foundation, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the National Patient Safety Foundation each an unrestricted license to publish the entry in any and all publications it or they deem appropriate.

Submission Requirements:

In 500-1,000 words describe the most instructional patient safety event you experienced, one that resulted in a personal transformation. The essay should have an emotional impact on the reader and provide a lesson that is transferable to other medical students and medical professionals. Please explain how the event impacted your learning and growth and how the experience will help you to provide the safest care to your current and future patients. You must include examples of how to improve any system errors or processes that contributed to the adverse patient event and explain how you will ensure that the changes are implemented.

Description of relevant events for the essay includes any patient safety event, including “near misses”. A patient safety event is a process or an act of omission or commission that results in hazardous health care conditions and/or unintended harm to the patient. The event is often a consequence of a systems failure or error. Examples include medication related errors, communications errors, health care - associated infections, medical record errors, identification errors and delays in responding to critical diagnostics.

Essays must maintain the confidentiality and integrity of the patient and location of the event. Please use fictitious names and locations in the essay.

Deadline:

Entries must be submitted by 5:00pm ET, Monday Feb 2, 2015. No phone submissions or mailed submissions will be accepted.

Please note:
As the Award will be presented at the Association of American Medical College’s Integrating Quality meeting in Chicago, June 2015, it is anticipated that the recipient will be able to attend.