Future leaders program

Residents and fellows may apply to participate in this year-long professional development program, designed to recognize high potential physicians-in-training committed to high value practice and advance their understanding of how to lead value-related quality improvement. Participants in the leadership program will gain an understanding of the process required for successful value-related quality improvement implementation, including cross-specialty collaboration, patient education and engagement in decision making, evidence-based provider educational campaigns, carefully designed clinical decision support, provider-level feedback reports, overcoming implementation barriers, and evaluating quality and safety outcomes. An understanding of the importance of implementation and outcomes research will be enhanced by participation in the annual national research and education conference.


Program Requirements

  • Complete educational curriculum that incorporates interactive online modules by Christopher Moriates, MD, Associate Dean for Healthcare Value, Dell Medical School, Costs of Care(www.costsofcare.org), and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • Participate in monthly HVPAA conference calls, held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 3PM EST, and email communications to observe value-related Q/I activities being implemented across institutions.
  • Lead a value-related Q/I project within their institution under designated faculty mentor at home institution and collaborate as part of a HVPAA FLP Q/I teams, under the guidance of one of the FLP Directors.
  • Attend HVPAA National Research and Education Symposium (tuition waived, clinical responsibilities permitting), October 8-9, 2017 in Baltimore, MD.
  • Training Program Director attestation that the trainee is permitted to engage in the program activities.

Meet the first class of HVPAA Future Leaders


Deepak Agrawal, MD, MBA, MPH

  • Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
  • Director of Endoscopy, Parkland Hospital
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Venkata (Giri) Andukuri, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Hospital Medicine
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Lead for Graduate Medical Education
  • Chair, QI Champions and Interdisciplinary Quality Committee
  • Creighton University School of Medicine

Robert L. Fogerty, MD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Co-Chief of the Generalist Firm
  • Course Director, Internal Medicine Residency Quality and Safety Elective
  • 2013 winner: ABIM Foundation/Costs of Care Teaching Value & Choosing Wisely® competition for  “Interactive Cost-Awareness Residency Exercise”
  • Yale School of Medicine

Kencee Graves, MD, FACP

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Hospitalist, General Internal Medicine
  • Associate Program Director for Quality & Patient Safety, Internal Medicine Residency
  • University of Utah School of Medicine

Christopher King, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Hospitalized Adult Care Block Director
  • Hospital Medicine Sub-Internship Director
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine

Remus Popa, MD, FHM

  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Core Faculty RCH/UCR IM Residency Program
  • University of California Riverside

Kshitij Thakur, MD

  • Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • Junior Student Clerkship Director
  • Crozer-Chester Medical Center

Future Leader Program Directors: Giri Andukiri, MD; Kshitij Thakur, MD; Rob Fogerty, MD; Kencee Graves, MD; Chris King, MD; Remus Popa, MD (missing Deepak Agrawal, MD, MBA, MPH)

Resident Director of Scholarly Activity:

  • Arjun Gupta, MD
  • Internal Medicine
  • UT Southwestern
pillars IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2018-2019 Program
  • Applications due May 1, 2018
  • Acceptance notifications sent June 15, 2018
  • Program begins July 1, 2018
  • HVPAA national research and education conference September 22-24, 2018
  • Program ends June 30, 2019