LInQS Fellowship


DOM Leaders in Informatics, Quality and Systems (LInQS) fellowship program

The objective of the Leaders in Informatics, Quality and Systems (LInQS) Fellowship Program is to develop CUSOM Department of Medicine fellows and faculty into future leaders with successful academic careers in the areas of quality improvement (QI), clinical system design, clinical informatics, and/or patient safety. The LInQS Fellowship Program will provide didactics, longitudinal mentorship and hands-on training from faculty mentors with diverse expertise to support trainees and junior faculty.

Program Description:

This is a 2-year program that combines didactics, mentoring and several experiential components. Participants will be able to focus on 1 of 3 tracks:

  • Quality improvement and patient safety
  • Clinical informatics
  • Systems research and learning health systems

The didactic portion of the program will include participation in the Quality Safety Academy (12 hours) and the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety & Efficiency (IHQSE) Certificate Training Program (CTP) (90 hours) in addition to the faculty-led lecture series (60 hours). The didactic curriculum will include elements from each track. Participants will attend regular work-in-progress meetings and be able to tailor their experience to meet their career goals. In the 2nd year, there is the possibility of an experiential component focused on QI leadership. Divisions will support the participants through protecting a percentage of their time to dedicate to the program (see below).

Examples of deliverables for participants at the end of the 2-year program (Must complete at least 2):

  • Lead a QI project that has significant clinical impact on their Division (required)
  • Publish QI project in peer review journal and/or present at local/national conference
  • Lead and teach quality improvement, patient safety and/or clinical informatics to trainees
  • Become a resource and mentor for Division/Department QI projects
  • Participate in track-specific steering committee meetings
  • Submit a grant for intramural or extramural funding

Program Eligibility:

  • Program open to DOM fellows and junior faculty (physicians and advanced practice providers)
  • Identify a mentor at the clinical institution where the project will focus. Mentors must have prior QI experience, have successfully conducted QI work at the institution and will be available to facilitate the execution of the proposed QI project
  • Obtain a letter of support from Division Head or Program Director outlining commitment towards protected time for fellows (75%) and junior faculty (minimum of 10% protected time or one-half day per week)