Bringing safety into senior residences


Patient Safety Fellowship

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s 2021 Patient Safety Fellowship will offer a unique curriculum to explore the challenges and opportunities facing senior residential living and senior care. After the disruption of COVID-19, options for seniors must embrace creative solutions that help individuals age well and safely in a range of settings. Fellows, working across disciplines -- including health care, public policy, public health, tech, architecture, and beyond -- will explore existing and conceptional models for transforming our community and healthcare systems that maximize quality of life for seniors and families. New models of care need to be wired for safety, built for continuous improvement, and efficient for providers, seniors, and families.

Within teams, fellows will identify core elements to design a new model that enhances current systems to maximize safety and quality. For the finale, fellows will pitch how the adoption and implementation of their creative model will address some of the challenges of our current senior care and residential living systems.

As a Fellow, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of various models in senior care and residential living to formulate solutions to address the current gaps and challenges.
  • Develop skills in quality improvement and implementation science within a multi-disciplinary cohort.
  • Strengthen your resume with a Fellowship certificate highlighting your new skills in systems thinking and healthcare safety.

Dates & Times*

Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00 PM
June: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 July: 13, 20, 27
During week of July 5-9 there will be a virtual site visit


Virtual via Zoom

*Dates and start times are final, but sessions may be moved to in-person at the QIT Center at our downtown Pittsburgh office if the safety and health of all participants can be ensured.

Who Should Apply

Graduate students, nursing students, and young professionals from diverse disciplines who are interested in senior residential living, senior care, safety, healthcare policy, quality improvement, and public health. For this summer's fellowship, applicants within architecture, design, business, law, and technology are also encouraged to apply. Standout undergraduate students in health professions are also welcome to apply.

To Apply

Applications are now closed for the 2021 Patient Safety Fellowship.


For more information or to be added to the prospective fellows mailing list, please contact Steven Guo,