COPIC Medical Foundation Awards Grant to MedStar Health for Resident Training Program in Patient Safety

Columbia, MD –The MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety has been awarded a grant by the COPIC Medical Foundation to provide scholarships to resident physicians to attend the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety summer program.

Over the last fifteen years, The Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety has brought international leaders in patient safety, quality improvement, human factors, and health science education together with patient advocates and resident physicians to address important patient safety issues. Through the generous support of the COPIC Medical Foundation, full scholarships will be made available to resident physicians practicing in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Utah to attend a one-week Academy session.

 “This grant will allow us to extend the unique experience of The Academy to nearly 35 resident physicians across 10 states. By educating resident physicians on the principles and strategies of patient safety we are directly improving health care in the communities served by our next generation of physicians which is at the very core of the Foundation’s mission. I am incredibly grateful to the COPIC Medical Foundation and excited to kick-off this summer’s training program,” said David Mayer, MD, executive director of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety and founder of the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety.

This year’s Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety – COPIC Medical Foundation Resident week will run from Monday, June 8 – Thursday, June 11 in Breckenridge, Colorado. 

Applications for the scholarships are due March 31st, 2020.

For more information on the COPIC Medical Foundation Resident week, click here.


About the MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety
The mission of the Medstar Health Institute for Quality and Safety is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by Medstar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, the Institute provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line care givers, patients and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit  

About the COPIC Medical Foundation

The COPIC Medical Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that is part of the COPIC family of companies. Since it was formed in 1991, the COPIC Medical Foundation has provided more than $9 million to improving patient care and medical outcomes. The idea to create a foundation was championed by Harold “Hal” Williamson, COPIC’s first external non-physician board member. He was passionate about philanthropy and encouraged the COPIC Trust Board of Directors to consider giving back to the Colorado health care community in real and meaningful ways. Sadly, Hal passed away in 2001, but his spirit lives on in what the Foundation has become over the years. Today, its efforts extend across multiple states, and it has impacted the lives of many.

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