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 an eight-member Board of Directors that includes physicians and corporate representatives. The board is chaired by William C. Rupp, MD.
Learn more about the Foundation's work to support patient safety research and educational training.
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: