Patient Safety and Health Services Research (PSR) Fellowship



From emergency departments and surgical units to inpatient, clinic, and diagnostic floors, patient safety and health services innovations are critical to continuously improve care and outcomes.

The Center for Patient Safety Science offers a 2-year Patient Safety and Health Services Research Fellowship funded through Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop a diverse cadre of next-generation leaders.

First 5-Year Cycle Reflects Our Diversity Commitment

First 5y funding cycle
  • 3 of 8 Trainees were from Underrepresented Minority Groups and 5 of 8 were Women
  • 7 Trainees completed a research-intensive MS degree; 1 Trainee already had a Masters in Health Policy Research

Innovative, Interdisciplinary, Systems-Based

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This postdoctoral research fellowship offers over 80% protected time for research and tuition funds for a Master of Science degree in a research-oriented field such as Epidemiology, Clinical Research Methods, or Patient-Oriented Research at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.


Trainees pursue careers as independently funded researchers

  • Identify real-world issues in safety, quality, and equitable care
  • Design and test solutions in real-world settings
  • Apply innovations across healthcare systems
  • Advance healthcare delivery, health policy, and zero preventable harm
Identify, design, test, apply, advance

Research Themes and Focus Areas

  • Patient Safety: Medical errors, Medication safety, Infection prevention, Infection control, Antibiotic stewardship, Diagnostic stewardship
  • Health Informatics: Health IT (HIT) safety, Data mining, analytics, Clinical decision support systems (CDSS), Health IT–patient engagement, Natural language processing, Predictive modeling
  • Health Services / Outcomes: Quality measurement, Patient-centered outcomes, Chronic disease, Health equity, Health disparities, Implementation science, Epidemiology, Healthcare access, Cost-effectiveness