The Doctors Company Foundation

The Foundation was created in 2008 by The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer.

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.

The Foundation is a charitable organization with 501(c)3 nonprofit status. It is governed by a Board of Directors that includes physicians and corporate representatives. The board is chaired by William C. Rupp, MD.

Grant Eligibility and Criteria

  • For grant purposes, 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 the likelihood of patient harm.
  • Applicants must be nonprofit entities.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate innovative approaches.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate patient/clinician outcomes.
  • Applicants must be able to disseminate findings publicly.
  • Projects aiming to reduce healthcare costs while improving patient safety are encouraged.
  • General funding for medical meetings and conferences will not be considered, however:
    • Support for invited speakers when the principal focus of their presentation is on patient safety will be considered.
    • Support for the attendance of healthcare professionals in training at patient safety conferences will be considered.
  • 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.
  • The Foundation will fund only the direct costs associated with a project.

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