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VITAL for early career faculty

The High Value Practice Academic Alliance is pleased to solicit the 4th year of applications for the high value care professional development program for junior faculty VITAL (Value Innovation Teaching and Leadership).

This program was developed following the success of HVPAA Future Leaders Program (FLP), which prepares physicians in training to lead value-based quality improvement. We will enroll up to 10 early-career faculty in this 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 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 8 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 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. Early career/junior faculty status
  3. Commitment to lead a value-based quality improvement project at your institution (project identified but not necessarily started at the time of your application).
  4. Completion of required online modules in value and leadership during the 12 months
  5. Contribution to the ongoing improvement 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, virtual for 2021)
  9. Regular meetings with your assigned VITAL mentor


Important Dates

  • Submission site opens: April 1, 2021
  • Applications due: June 1, 2021
  • Notifications on or before: June 30, 2021
  • Program begins: September 1, 2021
  • National conference: October 8-10, 2021


VITAL Program Directors

Remus Popa, MD
Executive Director, HVPAA Educational Advisory Board

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


Diane Liu, MD
Associate Chief Value Officer
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine


Greg Seymann, MD
Vice Chief Hospital Medicine
Health Sciences Clinical Professor, University of California San Diego




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


Kshitij Thakur, MD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky