Patient Safety & Quality Leadership (PASQUAL) Scholars Program


PASQUAL meeting
Joel Gagnier, PhD presents on Patient Handoffs

The Patient Safety and Quality Leadership (PASQUAL) Scholars Program is for medical school faculty and Michigan Medicine staff who wish to become clinical leaders in quality and patient safety within Michigan Medicine and beyond.  

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 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 on quality and safety in patient care. 

The Program is funded by the Michigan Medicine Quality Department as a faculty development initiative administered through the Office of Faculty Development and coordinated through the Department of Learning Health Sciences.

Program Schedule

New this year! The next PASQUAL cohort is anticipated to begin in January 2020 and run through June 2020. Please check back for updates. Up to 15 Scholars attend half-day sessions one afternoon each week (1:00 pm - 4:30 pm), usually Wednesdays. Departmental Chairs are expected to provide weekly half-day release for the Scholars.

Application process:

Applications are being accepted now through November 27, 2019.  Additional applications may be accepted on a space-available basis after the deadline. The application includes:

  1. Online application form - Please note: It is strongly recommended typing applications answers in a document, then copying and pasting responses into the online application.
  2. A signed "Statement of Release Time" form from the department 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, 1161 NIB, 300 North Ingalls Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5403

Administrative Contact: 

Kevin DeHority, PASQUAL Scholars Program, email:, office: 734-615-0176

Program Components

Formal Curriculum of Guided Study

The 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, 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.

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. 

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. Scholars are expected to present projects and their results at local, regional, and national quality and safety meetings.