DUHS Chief Resident for Quality and Safety

Qualified residents and fellows in any Duke Graduate Medical Education program can apply to become the DUHS Chief Resident for Quality and Safety.

This position includes the following responsibilities and opportunities:

  • Develop expertise in quality improvement and patient safety processes
  • Facilitate and lead Quality Improvement (QI) projects and teams at Duke University Hospital (DUH) to directly improve the health care experience of our patients
  • Mentor residents engaging in QI research and projects including the GME Patient Safety and Quality Council (PSQC)
  • Mentor and assist the co-chairs with leadership of the GME PSQC
  • Participate in and lead safety event analyses
  • Lead GME-related quality improvement efforts
  • Participate in DUHS safety and quality committees such as DUH Patient Safety Committee, DUHS Quality Oversight Committee (QOC), specialty-relevant Core Safety committees, DUHS Medication Safety, DUHS Mortality Committee, and GME PSQC among others
  • Certify as a Six Sigma Green Belt with option for additional certification
  • Complete training in teamwork (Team STEPPS Master Trainer), patient safety, and well-being through Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality
  • Complete Rapid Improvement Event training
  • Attend and present at local & national safety and quality conferences
  • Opportunity to obtain Certified Provider in Patient Safety (CPPS) and Certified Provider of Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) certification
  • Produce publishable research and demonstrate improved QI outcomes

Successful completion of the program will equip the graduate for desirable leadership opportunities as a part of her/his future employment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Full time Commitment to the position
  • Must be board-eligible or certified in any specialty (i.e., completed training).
  • Past experience in quality improvement, statistical methodology, systems engineering and database expertise are desirable but not required.


Salary will be at the appropriate PGY level, with a possible opportunity to pursue clinical work opportunities pending options within the relevant clinical department.


David A. Turner, MD
Associate Director, Graduate Medical Education
Duke University Hospital and Health System
Section Chief, Pediatric Intensive Care
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Director, DUHS Chief Resident for Quality and Safety program
Duke Children’s Hospital