Young Physicians Patient Safety 2014 Awards Announced

Applications Now Available for The Doctors Company Foundation 2015 Essay Contest

Chicago, Illinois—June 13, 2014—Six medical students and residents received today the prestigious 2014 Young Physicians Patient Safety Award for their essays detailing personal insights into the significance of patient safety work. Winners were recognized at the Association of American Medical College’s Integrating Quality meeting and received $5,000 each from The Doctors Company Foundation, which co-sponsors the annual contest with the Lucian Leape Institute.

David B. Troxel, MD, chairman of The Doctors Company Foundation, announced the following winners:

  • Maria Onoya, MD, University of South Alabama College of Medicine.
  • Jennifer Bruno, BS, University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine.
  • Daniel Leifer, BS, University of California Davis School of Medicine.
  • John Nguyen, MD, University of Arizona College of Medicine.
  • Samantha Wang, BA, Yale University School of Medicine.
  • Emily Yue Wu, BS, Baylor College of Medicine.

“The Doctors Company Foundation believes it is important to make the culture of safety an integral part of the culture of medicine,” said Leona Egeland Rice, executive director of the Foundation. “We are proud to honor these young physicians who have shared events that resulted in personal transformations so that others can learn from their experiences.”

The essays can be read on The Doctors Company Foundation website at Applications for the 2015 contest are available now at and are due by 5 PM (PST) on February 2, 2015.

About The Doctors Company Foundation
The Doctors Company Foundation was created in 2008 by The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer. The purpose of the Foundation is to support patient safety education for healthcare professionals, patient safety research with clinically useful applications, and medical professional liability research. 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.

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