The tenth class of the UHF/Greater New York Hospital Association Clinical Quality Fellowship Program started its intensive training as quality improvement experts and champions with retreats in January and March. With this largest class yet—23 doctors and 6 nurses from 22 metropolitan-area health care facilities—the 15-month program continues its mission of building Fellows' ability to plan, implement, and sustain systematic quality improvement efforts.
To date the program has enrolled 206 Fellows. Many alumni have gone on to assume leadership positions in their home facilities, and several serve as mentors to new classes of Fellows.
This year's selection process was the most competitive to date, with 50 applications from clinicians in diverse settings: academic medical centers, community hospitals, and outpatient clinics, and specialties including trauma surgery, psychiatry, neonatology, OB/GYN, and primary care.
Each cycle of the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program, which was launched in 2009, features two retreats, webinars, learning sessions, mentoring by expert faculty, and the program's signature capstone project—an opportunity for each Fellow to develop and lead a major quality improvement effort.
At the latest retreat, held at the IBM Center in Armonk, NY, Fellows spent two days in seminars and formal training sessions covering a broad range of topics, such as patient safety and human error, building a culture of safety, and the intersection of quality measurement and health policy; they also presented a group root cause analysis and discussed their proposed capstone projects.
2018-19 CLINICAL QUALITY FELLOWS
Alpna Aggarwal, DO • Northwell Health, Cohen Children's Medical Center
Amanda Anderson, MSN, MPA, RN, CCRN • Mount Sinai Hospital
Lisa Barbarotta, MSN, APRN-BC, AOCNS • Yale New Haven Health System, Smilow Cancer Hospital
Jenna Blitz, MD • NYU Langone Medical Center
Ana Cepin, MD • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center
Jed Cutler, MD • NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
Patricia Dharapak, MD • Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Karim El Hachem, MD • Mount Sinai St. Luke's
Emilie Fitzmaurice Rosner, MS, CNM, WHNP-BC • SBH Health System
Adam Goodman, MD • NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn
Sayyed Hamidi, MD, MPH, MBA • John T. Mather Memorial Hospital
D'Andrea Joseph, MD, FACS • NYU Winthrop Hospital
Marina Keller, MD • Orange Regional Medical Center
Carisa Kymissis, MD • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center
Susan Lerner, MD • The Mount Sinai Hospital
Liana Leung, MD, FACP • NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens Hospital Center
Konstantin Millerman, MD • NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital
Neil Pasco, MD • NYU Langone Family Health Centers
Catherine Petchprapa, MD • NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
Andrea Porrovecchio, MD • Montefiore Medical Center
Adriana Quinones-Garcia, MD • NYU Langone Medical Center
Praveen Reddy, MD, MPH • Stamford Hospital
Faye Reiff-Pasarew, MD • The Mount Sinai Hospital
Deanna Ripley, MS, BSN, RN • NYU Winthrop
Nermica Sarcevic, MD • NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Medical Center
Lisa Schmutter, RN, BSN, MPA • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center
Mangalore Shenoy, MBBS • Mount Sinai West
Daniella Stephen, MPH, MSN, RN, CPHQ • Mount Sinai Queens
Dean Straff, MD • White Plains Hospital