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The VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry (PSCI) is part of the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Our PSCI has a track record of evaluating and translating patient safety research findings into standard practices that are disseminated and implemented to improve patient safety across the entire VHA system.

We evaluate the science and determine when research is ready to be "translated." Translation involves designing and testing clinical tools (e.g. algorithms, protocols, policy templates, resource guides, patient and staff education materials) to facilitate patient safety and reduce adverse events.

We pilot test these tools at the Tampa VA and then at VISN 8 facilities. Successful program elements are then exported to the NCPS (National Center for Patient Safety) for national implementation. The following PSCI objectives have been identified:

• Identify and implement interventions to change practices to strengthen patient, provider, and systems level safety defenses, through the design of tools and products specifically designed to promote patient safety, such as clinical tools; cognitive aids; educational materials; policy reports, VHA information letters, handouts, and/or directives; and others;

The purpose of this 1-year fellowship program is to develop leaders with vision, knowledge, and commitment to lead patient safety efforts in the 21st century. The fellowship is located at the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, FL, in collaboration with the VA National Center for Patient Safety and in partnership with the University of South Florida.

• Clinical fields that recognize independent practitioners possessing degree levels below that of Master’s Degree (e.g., Registered Nurse or Registered Dietician) must have completed a Master’s Degree (or all requirements for the degree) to be eligible.

• Applicants in academic fields that do not involve clinical certification or licensure but that can be applicable to health systems (e.g. anthropology, sociology, computer science/medical informatics, engineering, etc.) must have received a PhD in their field.

Funding Stipend rates: Determined by VA Office of Academic Affiliations, depending on the discipline and previous education of the trainee. Fellows are eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program.

Application Process: Submission of an application that includes (1) a letter, of no more than three pages, stating short and long term professional goals, clinical or other pertinent background, a statement of personal goals for the fellowship, (2) a full curriculum vitae, and (3) three letters of recommendation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to talk to Dr. Cowan before applying.

Selection and Selection Criteria: A selection committee will review and rank applications based on the following criteria: quality of credentials and experience, commitment to remain in the VA system, match between personal goals and planned program activities, and strength of recommendations.

The HSR&D Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR) will provide content expertise, mentoring, and educational infrastructure in Gainesville, FL (affiliated with the University of Florida) and Tampa, FL (affiliated with the University of South Florida), in collaboration with the VA HSR&D Service, for PhDs interested in pursuing careers in VA health services research. The purpose of this 2-year fellowship is to develop a cadre of scientists with health services expertise for the VA healthcare system and to foster the development of high quality health services research and development at local and national levels.

• Clinical and Counseling Psychology Fellows must possess a doctoral degree (or demonstrate that all requirements for such a degree have been completed and award of the diploma is pending) from an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program and have completed an APA accredited internship.

• Associated Health Fellows, e.g., Occupational and Physical Therapists, must possess a doctoral degree from an accredited program that would make them eligible for VA hire Other Associated Health Fellows must have completed all requirements to become a fully credentialed independent practitioner at a VA facility and have an active, unrestricted license to practice in the U.S., if such licenses are required for VA employment in the candidate’s profession.

Funding Stipend Rates: Determined by VA Office of Academic Affiliations, depending on the discipline and previous education of the trainee. Fellows are eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program.

Application Process: Submission of an application that includes (1) a letter, of no more than three pages, stating short and long term professional goals, clinical or other pertinent background, a statement of personal goals for the fellowship, (2) a full curriculum vitae, and (3) three letters of recommendation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to talk to Dr. Winkler before applying.

Selection and Selection Criteria: A selection committee will review and rank applications based on the following criteria: quality of credentials and experience, commitment to remain in the VA system, match between personal goals and planned program activities, and strength of recommendations.

VHA Office of Academic Affiliations training programs are available for clinical trainees, VA staff and education affiliates. Included is information about residencies and fellowships including the pre and postdoctoral nursing fellowships, the pre and postdoctoral fellowships in rehabilitation and VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Interprofessional Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation. For information about training opportunities contact Dr. Linda Cowan at Linda.Cowan@va.gov. VHA Office of Research and Development Training Site

Tatjana Bulat, MD, CMD is the Director of the Tampa Patient Safety Center of Inquiry (PSCI), a translational research center; Medical Director of the Falls Clinic there, and a Co-Director of the Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Patient Safety. Her research interests are in the area of falls and fall-related injury prevention in frail elderly, as well as medication management to reduce falls risk in the same population. Click here to download Dr. Bulat’s CV. Staff