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VITAL for early career faculty

The High Value Practice Academic Alliance is pleased to announce a new high value care professional development program for junior faculty VITAL (Value Innovation Teaching and Leadership).

This program is developed following the success of HVPAA Future Leaders Program (FLP), which was designed to prepare physicians in training to lead value-based quality improvement. We plan to enroll up to 10 early career faculty in this new, year long program. The objective is to provide junior faculty with the knowledge and experience to lead high value care projects at their institutions and serve as mentors for medical trainees.

The proposed curriculum for the VITAL program includes self-directed learning modules in value based care and quality improvement, coupled with regular interaction with and guidance from faculty mentors in the HVPAA, including 7 dedicated VITAL faculty program directors and more than 150 faculty in the broader HVPAA. In addition, the junior faculty will participate in monthly conference calls focused on high value care topics. Added benefits include waiver of the registration fee for the annual HVPAA conference, which provides both CME and MOC credit, and the opportunity to collaborate on multicenter quality improvement projects and publications.

The inaugural class will have the unique opportunity to have a lasting impact on this new program by helping design and refine the curriculum to best fit the needs of junior faculty for the years to come. The program is designed to be completed in 12 months; however, additional time up to 24 months is available depending on faculty needs and success in project implementation.

Requirements for participation in VITAL
  1. Division or department chair letter of approval to participate in the program
  2. Less than 4 years from the end of residency or fellowship training
  3. Commitment to lead a value-based quality improvement project at your institution
  4. Completion of required online modules in value and leadership during the 12 months
  5. Contribution to the design of the program through constructive feedback
  6. Participation in monthly HVPAA conference calls (schedule permitting)
  7. Participation in small group conference calls with HVPAA VITAL core faculty mentors
  8. Attendance at HVPAA national conference (registration fee waived & schedule permitting)

Apply here. For more information, email the VITAL Program Directors at hvpaaVITAL@gmail.com.

Important Dates
  • Application submission site opens May 1, 2018
  • Applications due June 15, 2018
  • Notifications July 15, 2018
  • Program begins September 1, 2018

 VITAL Program Directors

Venkata (Giri) Andukuri, MD
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Lead for Graduate Medical Education
Assistant Professor of Hospital Medicine, Creighton University School of Medicine


Robert Fogerty, MD
Co‐Director, Internal Medicine Quality Improvement & Physician Leadership Distinction
Associate Professor, Yale School of Medicine


Kencee Graves, MD
Associate Chief Medical Quality Officer
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine



Christopher King, MD
Hospitalized Adult Care Block Director and Hospital Medicine Sub­‐Internship Director
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine


Remus Popa, MD
Core Faculty RCH/UCR IM Residency Program
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California Riverside



Kshitij Thakur, MD
Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Crozer-­Chester Medical Center