Learn about the Periop Safety and Management Fellowship program at Penn's Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Program Overview

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) is offering a one year full time fellowship in Perioperative Patient Safety starting July 1, 2018. Three positions are available. The principles and practice of patient safety, particularly as applied to the complex perioperative environment, are the focus of this program. The three current Periop Safety Fellows are an integral part of the perioperative quality and safety group at HUP. They are involved in the hands-on investigation, analysis, and process improvement plan for all significant patient safety issues in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative (PACU) areas. HUP perioperative services encompasses 40 operating rooms (inpatient and outpatient) and 10 endoscopy rooms, performing 60,000 procedures annually. Graded supervision is provided by dedicated on site faculty and staff from surgery, anesthesia and nursing with special experience and knowledge in safety, quality, and perioperative patient care. The structured curriculum, developed and taught by Penn faculty, includes readings, seminars, training, and projects designed to educate fellows regarding (inter alia): clinical errors and human factors engineering, root cause analysis, process improvement, measurement of clinical quality, six sigma, team training, in-situ simulation and change management (Wharton faculty).

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants should envision a clinical career trajectory that would include administration and/or management in perioperative services. Most competitive candidates will likely come from anesthesia (including CRNA), surgery, and/or nursing. Operating room experience is mandatory. Physician candidates must have completed two years of training in an ACGME approved program. They also must send, prior to interview, a letter of support from the program director and if applicable, documentation of visa status that allows employment through June 2018. Nursing candidates must have at least a BSN degree and a minimum of five years work experience, including two years in a perioperative area (OR, preop, PACU). Prior to interview nurse applicants must send a letter of support from the director of nursing of their hospital or operating room. Salary and benefits are commensurate with level of training and experience.

Leadership Team

Daniel Dempsey, MD, MBA - Program Director
Chief, Gastrointestinal Surgery
Assistant Director, PeriOperative Services
Professor of Surgery

John Keogh headshotJohn Keogh, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Anesthesiology Clinical Director

James Mullen, MD
UPHS Corporate Director of PeriOperative Services
HUP Associate Executive Director

Colleen Mattioni headshotColleen Mattioni, DNP, RN, CNOR
Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Periop

Apply to the Fellowship Program

To apply to the Periop Safety and Management Fellowship please contact the Program Director, Daniel Dempsey, MD, MBA @ Daniel.Dempsey@uphs.upenn.edu.

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Current Fellows

Meet our Current Fellows in the Periop Safety and Management Fellowship.

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