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Wayne State University School of Medicine

Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety Fellowship Program


The Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety Fellowship Program (CRQS) Fellowship Program is a one year, non-accredited, fellowship program for psychiatrists with an interest in Patient Safety and Quality, Administrative Psychiatry and Academic Medicine. It is based 100% of the time at the Detroit VA Medical Center. This fellowship is part of a highly respected national program, run by the National Center for Patient Safety. The curriculum was developed collaboratively by both VA and non-VA faculty on a national level.

Chief Resident: The Chief Resident (fellow) must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in General (Adult) Psychiatry residency training and must be ABPN board eligible and qualify for credentialing and privileging as a "licensed independent practitioner" in psychiatry. CRQS is a teaching and learning role, with administrative and clinical components.


  • Work with national and local leaders
  • Present locally and nationals
  • Extensive networking opportunities
  • Interdisciplinary team work
  • Attend national "Quality Bootcamp"
  • Committee, diverse faculty
  • Monthly two-way interactive video-teleconference education conferences, with pre-assigned preparatory work
  • A mentored project in quality improvement (QI)/patient safety (PS), with an expectation of presentation at a regional or national venue
  • Faculty development in the areas QI and PS and networking of CRQS incumbents via online support and websites
  • Teaching QI & PS to all residents
  • Enhanced development of competency in system-based practices
  • Improvements in institutions performance and patient safety changes in the patient safety culture

Graduates are highly competitive fellowship and work applications.  Many enter leader ship positions upon graduations.


  • Competitive salary and chief bonus
  • Education stipend
  • Protected administrative, teaching and academic time
  • Opportunities to present
  • Mentoring
  • Attend conference
  • Perform public service
  • Education Allowance
  • Leave Time: 15 vacation days, 10 admin days, and 5 sick days
  • Medical, dental, and vision care provided

View more details about our benefits, housing options and the DMC/GME stipend rates.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete an ACGME-accredited psychiatry residency, permanent license eligible
  • Passed USMLE (COMLEX) Steps I, II, and III
  • International graduated eligible with J-1 visa and ECFMG certification
  • Complete “Application for Graduate Clinical Training”
  • 1 page Personal Statement that conveys your goals, interests and values
  • 3 letters of references (Request your Program Director in Psychiatry to provide a letter specifying the training completed to date and anticipated to be completed by June 30th.)
  • Include a copy of your curriculums vitae.


Fellowship Program Director

Richard Balon, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology
Chair of Education
Program Director - Adult (General) Psychiatry Residency Program
Director, Continuing Medical Education
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Program Leadership:

Nicole Stromberg, M.D.
Designated Education Officer (Director of Medical Education)
Detroit VA Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor
Assistant Program Director - Adult (General) Psychiatry Residency Program
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Program Coordinator:

Michelle Trevithick


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