How to Apply: Certificate Training Program (CTP)

Ideal Candidates
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, 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 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 CU Anschutz Medical Campus are eligible for CTP.

Selection Criteria
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 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, Program Director, etc.) and co-leader(s) from another discipline at the manager or director level (e.g., Nurse Manager, Pharmacy Manger, etc.) (required). If an applicant does not hold a formal leadership role currently, an explanation of how the applicant will be able to effectively lead substantive change must be included in the application.

  • Demonstrate a track record of working together as an inter-professional leadership team with interest or prior participation in team-based, clinical performance improvement projects (strongly preferred).
  • Submit written supervisor support, including clearly outlined non-clinical time to attend all educational sessions and associated clinical process improvement work and an explanation of how CTP will facilitate 3-5 year improvement priorities for which the supervisor is accountable.

Application Instructions
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:
     -Brief description (1-2 paragraphs) of the top 3-5 strategic priorities for performance improvement over the next 1-3 years

Personal Statement (Limit: 2 pages)—Each leadership dyad (or triad) should collaboratively develop and submit a personal   statement that addresses: 
    - Evidence of prior collaborative partnership in their care area, whether in their current roles or in previous clinical settings.
         • Discussion of past successes and challenges in collaboratively leading performance improvement work in their care area. 
         • Explanation of how participation in CTP will enhance each applicant’s personal leadership development. 

Letters of Support and Commitment—Each identified team leader must have a Letter of Support and Commitment from his/her direct supervisor, which should: 
- Comment on the applicant’s leadership accomplishments/potential, commitment to performance improvement, and role in the   clinical enterprise.
- Attest to the supervisor’s support for the applicant’s participation in the CTP through reduction in clinical, administrative, or other     duties. 
- Outline how the applicant’s completion of the CTP will support key strategic priorities over the next  3-5 years for which the     supervisor is accountable.

Click here for an example letter of support.

        • Please use 11 point Arial Font with 0.5” margins.
        • Attachments or appendices will not be considered beyond the page limits. 
        • Submit the Cover Letters and Personal Statements as a single PDF file to
        • Letters of Support and Commitment should be submitted directly by the letter writer to

Direct all questions about CTP at‚Äč


Jeff Glasheen, MD
IHQSE Director

IHQSE Administrative Support


Anschutz Medical Campus
Leprino Building, 9th Floor 
12401 E. 17th Avenue,
Campus Box L-963
Aurora, CO 80045