Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Scholars (PASQUAL)

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This program is on hold until further notice. 

Sharpen your knowledge of safety and quality issues by joining the Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Scholars Program (PASQUAL) for U-M Medical School faculty and health system staff. 

This program provides: 

  •  An academic and applied foundation in principles and methods for improving the quality and safety of patient care.
  • Skills in quality and safety leadership, teaching, and scholarship.
  • The opportunity to develop and implement a hands-on project to practice safety and quality techniques.

Graduates of this program will be well-positioned to direct quality and safety initiatives, and to facilitate education and research in these areas.

The Program is funded, administered, and coordinated by the Michigan Medicine Quality Department.



PASQUAL is an 5-month program covering the winter and spring.

Scholars attend half-day sessions each week. Department chairs or equivalent supervisors are expected to provide weekly half-day release time for program participants.


Program Highlights

1. Formal Curriculum of Guided Study

Formal weekly seminars cover safety and quality theory, application, and research. University of Michigan and visiting faculty with expertise in patient safety and quality leadership and research conduct these weekly sessions. Sessions are designed to be interactive, and supported by readings and application exercises. Core components of the curriculum include: 

  • Quality improvement: a solid understanding of quality improvement theory and practice, including the Michigan Quality System’s Lean Thinking principles and methods, as well as other approaches to quality improvement
  • Patient safety: safety science, including systems theory; theories of error and resilience; and non-technical skills such as communication and teamwork. 
  • Leadership: an understanding and skills to align and lead the implementation of safety and quality programs, including leadership skills, strategic alignment of goals, organizational change, group work, and mentorship.
  • Teaching: educational theory and practical techniques applied to teaching others formally and informally about basic principles and methods for improving safety and quality in patient care.
  • Scholarship: methods for applied research and evaluation studies in quality and safety, exploration of research trends, and the presentation and publication of scholarly work in safety and quality. 

2. Consultants and Visiting Faculty

The Scholars have access to quality and safety experts who serve as consultants to guide the Scholars through the program and advise and assist them with their quality and safety projects as needed.  The consultants include experts at the University of Michigan as well as visiting faculty from outside the University of Michigan. 

3. Hands-On Project

Scholars will identify a new or existing issue in quality or safety relevant to their interests and develop or refine a project to improve safety and/or quality.  This project provides the scholar with an opportunity to apply the principles, skills, and methods acquired in the program and to develop a scholarly approach to safety and quality, including the mentoring medical students and/or residents who may assist them in their projects.  Scholars are expected to present projects and their results at local, regional, and national quality and safety meetings. 

4. Peer Group of Scholars

The scholar cohort will share formal learning sessions, work together in small group approaches to learning, and interact and collaborate with each other on safety and quality issues and projects.  The peer group of scholars will expand as additional faculty participate in future offerings of the program.  


How to Apply

This program is currently on hold. If you are interested, please contact so we can save your contact information for the future.

1.  Complete the online application form 

Click here to apply. It is STRONGLY recommended that you type the answers to the application questions in a document, then copy and paste your responses into the online application.  

 2.       A signed "Statement of Release Time" form from the applicant's chair (or equivalent) indicating the commitment to provide release time for the program sessions.

 3.       A curriculum vitae

Submit the Statement of Release Time form and CV electronically to PASQUAL Program, or via campus mail:

PASQUAL Program, 777 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48108-3258, Suite 600, Office 607-O



Admission to the program is competitive and will be based on the applicant’s role in quality and safety work, the letter of support from the chair and the quality of the proposed project. Preference will be given to those individuals who have assumed new or significant departmental, school/college, medical center or university responsibilities for quality improvement or safety programs.