Children's National Selected to Participate in National Clinical Learning Environment Initiative Children’s Program will look at Health System’s Safety Environment and Culture July 21, 2016

Washington, DC ― Children’s National Health System has been chosen by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as one of eight institutions, and the only pediatric institution, to participate as a Pathway Innovator in Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments. The four-year initiative is aimed at motivating, supporting, and spreading innovation to transform clinical learning environments, where residents and fellows pursue training in their specialties or subspecialties.

During the next four years, Children’s National will be implementing a clinical simulation program, paired with an electronic portal, across the organization to address safety culture, knowledge, common safety language, safety behaviors, and quality improvement for all healthcare providers.

“This program will help us understand Children’s knowledge and capacity in patient safety and quality methods as well as identify areas where we can improve
and build additional programming,” said Mary Patterson, MD, MEd, Associate Vice Chair of Medical Education, Research in Simulation and the improvement coach on the grant.  

Children’s National is a premier pediatric teaching hospital in the nation devoted to developing pediatric expertise across a variety of fields, while also providing the highest quality family-centered care.

Children’s National offers educational training opportunities for medical students, physicians, nurses, and other clinical staff as well as non-clinical staff. For example, this past year, Children’s pediatric residency trained a total of 117 residents in seven individualized tracks.  Children’s National training programs are distinguished by the quality and diversity of the learners as well as Children’s diverse patient population.

Children’s National will join the other seven institutions at the ACGME office in Chicago for the first Innovators Forum taking place September 19-21, 2016.

The ACGME will provide funding of up to $75,000 per year over four years to each institution, including Children’s National, with the expectation that each institution will match those funds.

Pursuing Excellence grew out of the ACGME’s Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program, which provides feedback to the nation’s teaching hospitals, medical centers, health systems, and other clinical settings in the areas of patient safety; health care quality; care transitions; supervision; duty hours and fatigue management and mitigation; and professionalism.

Contact: Emily Hartman at 202-476-4500

About Children’s National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is ranked in the top 20 in every specialty evaluated by U.S. News & World Report; one of only four children’s hospitals in the nation to earn this distinction. Designated a Leapfrog Group Top Hospital and a two-time recipient of Magnet® status, this pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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