The focus of the CTP—developing teams capable of longitudinal leadership, which facilitates transformation of clinical care delivery systems—means that ideal candidates should have outstanding potential and/or ability to lead effectively, and they should have opportunities for sustained engagement with organizational improvement priorities. Candidates need not have an extensive track record of prior or ongoing quality improvement project work. While understanding and managing the tools of patient safety and quality improvement are emphasized in the course, the CTP considers quality and safety project work a secondary aim, behind overall team development and leadership of change.
Candidates can represent outpatient clinics, hospital units, or multi-site clinical programs. Candidates must apply as a group: at least two to three partners from medical, nursing, pharmacy, and/or administrative disciplines must jointly apply to the CTP, and this leadership dyad (or triad) must be positioned to develop or enhance the entire Clinical Leadership Team that governs care delivery in their clinical area. A typical unit or program Clinical Leadership Team—which should be focused on quality, safety, and experience of care; efficient use of resources; clinical operations; financial management; and setting and responding to strategic priorities— will typically include 6-10 members representing all care providers and staff in a unit/program. CTP participants will work closely with their unit/program Clinical Leadership Team outside of the course in order to identify targets for improvement and enhance performance of the unit/program over time.
All faculty and staff employed on the Anschutz Medical Campus are eligible for the CTP.
Successful candidates must possess both the influence and formal authority necessary to lead change in their clinical area. Prior training in quality, safety, finance, or process improvement is not required. Because the CTP emphasizes teams and leadership over specific improvement projects, a project proposal is not necessary. Preference will be given to applicants who:
• Apply as a leadership dyad (or triad), which should include a physician leader (e.g., Medical Director,
Next Course Offering: Please contact Essey Yirdaw at SOM.IHQSE@ucdenver.edu for more information.
1. Cover Letter (Limit: 1 page)—Each application should include a cover letter collaboratively produced by the leadership dyad (or triad) that includes:
• Applicants’ names and roles in the care area (including administrative roles)
• Years on faculty/staff
• Department or administrative home
• Care area (unit, clinic or program), including:
o Brief description (1-2 paragraphs) of the top 3-5 strategic priorities for performance improvement over the next 1-3 years