The Doctor’s Advocate | First Quarter 2016
Foundation News

Grants Awarded in 2015

The Doctors Company Foundation supports patient safety education for healthcare professionals in training and practice and patient safety research with clinically useful applications. In 2015, the Foundation awarded grants to the following recipients:

  • Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital ( received a grant to define the complications of transoral robotic surgery associated with serious postoperative bleeding. The grant will assist in identifying patients who are at lower risk for these complications, improve informed patient consent, and enhance the safety of the procedure.
  • The Foundation awarded a grant to be paid over two years to the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine ( and MedU ( in support of their Diagnostic Excellence (DX) project. The DX project will develop and evaluate a series of virtual patient cases that introduce medical students to the foundational concepts of diagnostic error and help them develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes with respect to managing diagnostic error.
  • East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine ( received an award to support the participation of 10 medical students in the Leaders in Innovative Care (LINC) Scholars program over a three-year period. The immersion program focuses on patient safety, leadership, and development of interprofessional skills.
  • The Washington Hospital Center Foundation ( received a grant to design, implement, and pilot two online patient safety courses based on the Telluride curriculum/format for medical and nursing students.
  • The National Patient Safety Foundation ( received a grant to sponsor the Lucian Leape Plenary Session at the 2016 National Patient Safety Congress.
  • The Foundation awarded a grant to the National Patient Safety Foundation ( for development of a webcast series that will focus on select high-value topics from the RCA2 Report on Root Cause Analysis released in 2015.
  • MedStar Hospital Center Foundation ( and the University of North Carolina School of Nursing ( shared a grant to help 60 medical and 30 nursing students participate in the 2016 Telluride Patient Safety Educational Summer Camp for Health Science Students.

For information on the Foundation’s grant application process, go to

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