Young Physicians Patient Safety 2015 Awards Announced

Applications Now Available for The Doctors Company Foundation 2016 Essay Contest

Chicago, Illinois—June 12, 2015—Six medical students received today the prestigious 2015 Young Physicians Patient Safety Award for their essays detailing personal insights into the significance of patient safety work. Winners were recognized at the Annual Association of American Medical College’s Integrating Quality Meeting and received $5,000 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:

  • Christen Elledge, Georgetown University School of Medicine.
  • Hanjay Wang, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.
  • Bhargav Chandrashekar, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Charles Spear, Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine.
  • James Wang, Eastern Virginia Medical School.
  • Kayvon Izadpanah, Georgetown University School 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 H. 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 winning essays, which describe instructional patient safety events the winners experienced during clinical rotations, can be read at Applications for the 2016 contest are available now at and are due by 5 PM (PST) on January 25, 2016.

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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