Patient Safety Research Fellowship in Hospital Medicine

Program Overview

The Columbia University Irving Medical Center's Patient Safety Research Program is pleased to offer a 2-year research training program for Medicine and Pediatric Hospitalists: the Patient Safety Research Fellowship in Hospital Medicine. This postdoctoral research fellowship is unique in its focus on research in hospital medicine, >80% protected time for research, and tuition funds for a Master's program in research methodology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The Patient Safety Research Fellowship is designed to train Medicine and Pediatric clinician-researchers in innovative, interdisciplinary, and systems-based approaches for improving the safety, quality, and effectiveness of care. The fellowship provides clinician-researchers with the knowledge and skills to pursue academic careers and become future leaders in hospital-based patient safety and health services research. This program is funded by a Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award, through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).​

This postdoctoral research fellowship leverages the vast research resources available at Columbia University, including the Mailman School of Public Health and the Irving Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CTSA), as well as its affiliation with the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The program faculty includes an impressive group of 25 prominent and well-established researchers, each with a proven track record of federal grant funding, interdisciplinary research collaborations, extensive peer-reviewed journal publication, and successful mentorship experience.​

The Patient Safety Research Fellowship is directed by Jason Adelman, MD, MS and Graham Barr, MD, PhD, and is supported by an advisory committee of renowned experts in patient safety, health services, and hospital medicine.

Program Components

The 2-year training program consists of four core components: 1) Formal Research Education, consisting of a Master’s degree at the Mailman School of Public Health to provide a strong foundation in research design and methods; 2) Mentored Research Projects, with distinguished Faculty Mentors who have active research support in AHRQ-specific focus areas; 3) Patient Safety Immersion, a unique component that provides Trainees with exposure to hospital-based patient safety operations and a deep understanding of the complex causes of unsafe care; and 4) Bi-Weekly Research Seminars that provide a forum for supplementary education, training, interaction, and exchange.

Program Faculty

The program faculty includes an impressive group of 25 well-established researchers, each with a proven track record of AHRQ and/or NIH funding, involvement in interdisciplinary research collaborations, extensive peer-reviewed journal publication, and successful mentorship experience. Faculty members represent a broad range of clinical and academic disciplines including General Medicine, Pediatrics, Behavioral Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, Pathology, Biomedical Informatics, Nursing, Epidemiology, and Health Policy. This diverse group of researchers share the mission and priorities of AHRQ, conducting research in the three overarching domains of this program: 1) patient safety (medical errors, medication safety, infection prevention and control, and prevention of surgical and transfusion-related complications), 2) health informatics (health IT safety, data mining and analytics, patient-engagement through health IT), and 3) health services and outcomes research (quality measurement, cost and cost-effectiveness, chronic disease epidemiology, patient-centered outcomes, and health disparities).

The Fellowship is co-directed by Jason Adelman, MD, MS, Chief Patient Safety Officer for NewYork-Presbyterian, alongside R. Graham Barr, MD, DrPH, Chief of of General Medicine.

  • Jason Adelman, MD, MS

    Chief Patient Safety Officer

  • R. Graham Barr, MD, DrPH

    Chief of General Medicine

  • Melissa Stockwell

    Fellowship Co-Director

    Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, is Program Co-Director and Director for the General Pediatrics Fellowship. She is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and of Population and Family Health. Dr. Stockwell trained in Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital and completed the GP fellowship at CUMC. Dr. Stockwell's research focuses on improving vaccination coverage of disadvantaged pediatric, adolescent and maternal populations through the use of health technology and improving health literacy. She is also the medical director of the NYP Immunization Registry. She actively participates in the Academic Pediatric Association Fellowship Directors' Group.