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Steven A. Godwin, M.D., FACEP
Program Director

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Cynthia Leaphart, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Welcome to the site for the University of Florida College of Medicine–Jacksonville (UFCOM-J) patient safety training programs. At UFCOM-J, a culture of safety for our patients is our highest priority. To that end, we offer numerous training opportunities in addition to those already integrated into our graduate medical education (GME) curricula, including patient safety electives for residents and/or fellows and a patient safety fellowship program. UFCOM-J boasts faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in patient safety and simulation education and research.

Our mission is to provide residents and fellows with the best possible experiential learning in the field of patient safety, and to train excellent, highly-motivated professionals dedicated to making a difference in healthcare through leadership and advocacy in patient safety. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has placed patient safety prominently in the program requirements for every training program and review committee. The UFCOM-J electives and fellowship are conducted with rigorous goals and objectives, curriculum and evaluation, based on the six ACGME core competencies.

Elective rotations are offered as two-week or four-week electives with the fellowship program director as preceptor. The emphasis will be on the fundamental principles of patient safety, conduct of system assessment and identification of system errors, and strategies to address system safety in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary team approach. Opportunities for safety improvement initiatives and research are encouraged as a longitudinal practicum with ongoing mentorship following the rotation.

The patient safety fellowship is a one-year immersion in safety principles and system safety improvement strategies. A UFCOM-J patient safety fellow is provided with a robust environment for working with academic, clinical and administrative leaders to assess and improve patient safety and clinical care delivery in a measurable way. Graduates of this fellowship will carry forward tools and skills for leadership in safety and quality to apply throughout their careers, whatever their specialty training.

In addition to this unique professional opportunity, Jacksonville is an ideal place to live and work. We know this is one of the most important decisions of your professional career - as it will provide you with added depth, dimension and value in your future endeavors. We invite you to explore our site in its entirety. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need additional information, and to let us know of your interest.

Steven A. Godwin, M.D., FACEP
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine; Assistant Dean, Simulation Education; Program Director, Patient Safety Fellowship

Cynthia Leaphart, M.D.
Associate Medical Director, Surgical Home; Associate Program Director, Patient Safety Fellowship

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