Kenneth and JoAnn G. Wellner Fellowship in Emergency Department Safety and Quality

Fellowship Director
Silas W. Smith, MD, FACEP, FACMT
NYU School of Medicine
Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine
Chief, Quality, Safety, and Practice Innovation

Fellowship Coordinator
Carolyn Daley
Administrative Assistant
Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Program Structure and Status
The Kenneth and JoAnn G. Wellner Fellowship in Emergency Department Safety and Quality is a one year or two year, non-ACGME accredited fellowship.

Quality, Safety, and Practice Innovation is a dedicated Section within the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Number of Positions per Year
One or Two

Application Status and Deadlines
Current Status: Open for  July 1, 2019 start date.
Applications are accepted from 3- and 4-year EM residency and PEM programs.

Although applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, we strongly recommend that your application and all supporting materials be received prior to Monday, December 18, 2018 .

Goals and Objectives
This program aims to train physicians in the administrative and academic aspects of medical quality, patient safety, and practice innovation, in order to prepare them for leadership roles in education, patient care, and quality assurance. We endeavor to promote the next generation of emergency medicine clinical safety and quality leaders as effective agents for change.

Clinical Sites
Bellevue Hospital Center
NYU Langone Medical Center (Tisch Hospital)
NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital
NYU Langone Health Cobble Hill
NYU Langone Health Brooklyn

Selected Curriculum Elements
Cognitive Error and Human Factors
Quality and Safety Improvement Metrics and Analytics
Programmatic Development and Management
Quality and Safety Financial Implications
Safety Culture and Promotion
Medication Safety
Teamwork & Communication
Handoffs & Transitions
Observational Medicine
Special Populations (Pediatrics, Geriatrics)
Patient Satisfaction and Complaints
Simulation Tools

The Kenneth and JoAnn G. Wellner Fellowship in Emergency Department Safety and Quality is open to physicians who will be American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) board-eligible or board-certified in emergency medicine or pediatric emergency medicine on the starting date of the fellowship (July 1, 2019). Candidates are required to obtain a license to practice medicine in the State of New York prior to beginning the fellowship.

We are unable to accept applications from candidates who cannot meet these criteria.

Clinical Expectations
An average of 16 clinical hours in the emergency department or pediatric emergency department per week at our clinical sites. The academic title of Clinical Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine will be awarded to eligible fellows.

Administrative Expectations
Conception, design, participation, and execution of Departmental safety and quality programs or initiatives.
Participation in Institutional and Departmental quality, safety, and practice improvement committees and peer review.
Conduct root cause and adverse event analyses.
Periodic reviews of Institutional and Departmental patient safety event repositories.

Scholarly Expectations
Conduct ongoing scholarly projects and research endeavors in the area of emergency medicine safety and quality.
Production of a peer-reviewed research project in quality, safety, or practice improvement.

Educational Expectations
Participation in quality and safety simulation.
Curriculum planning, revision, execution, and assessment of Patient Safety related Emergency Medicine Milestones of the ACGME’s Next Accreditation System.
Teaching and training of medical students in quality and safety activities.

Attendance at Fellowship didactic sessions and journal clubs.

Attendance and participation in the monthly Intra-Departmental Fellowship Curriculum.

Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive salary and benefits.
  • CME funding for National Quality and Safety Meetings. Training in simulation as a teaching tool.
  • Support for advanced degrees tailored to your learning and career interests in administration and operations, clinical care, education, or research will be considered on a case by case basis. These may include Masters and Certificate programs in Comparative Effectiveness Research Training (MSCI-CER), MPH, MPA in Health Policy and Management, Master of Health Professions Education Program (MHPE), or Biomedical Informatics Master’s Graduate Program (BMI MS).

Application Procedure

Required Elements

A Letter of Interest/Intent

A Personal Statement
Your personal statement should be no more than two single-spaced pages, 12 point font or larger, with 1” margins. Include your name on each page. Please describe your interests, discuss any background in safety concerns, and indicate potential goals. Include any relevant experience in quality and safety.

A Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required. One letter must be from your current Program Director.


Selected candidates will be invited to interview on a rolling basis.

Address for application materials and correspondence

Correspondence by email is preferred at

Postal address:
Silas W. Smith, M.D., FACEP, FACMT
Director, Kenneth and JoAnn G. Wellner Fellowship in Emergency Department Safety and Quality
Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine
Bellevue Hospital Center
462 First Avenue, Room A-345A
New York, NY 10016