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Patient Safety Fellowship

Below is information on current and future fellowship opportunities as well as links to VA resources for training and Fellowship programs

Advanced Fellowship in Patient Safety 

The purpose of this 1-year fellowship program is to develop leaders with vision, knowledge, and commitment to lead patient safety efforts in the 21st century. The fellowship is located at the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, FL, in collaboration with the VA National Center for Patient Safety and in partnership with the University of South Florida.


• US citizenship and completion of all requirements needed to be a fully credentialed independent practitioner in their field at a VA facility.
• Demonstrate interest in pursuing a VA career with health services research and healthcare improvement as significant foci.
• Physician Fellows must have graduated from an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency; be board certified or board eligible; and have an active, unrestricted U.S. medical license.
• Clinical fields that recognize independent practitioners possessing degree levels below that of Master's Degree (e.g., Registered Nurse or Registered Dietician) must have completed a Master's Degree (or all requirements for the degree) to be eligible.
• Nurses, social workers, and health care administrators must possess at least a master's degree.
• Applicants in academic fields that do not involve clinical certification or licensure but that can be applicable to health systems (e.g. anthropology, sociology, computer science/medical informatics, engineering, etc.) must have received a PhD in their field.

Funding Stipend rates: Determined by VHA Office of Academic Affiliations, depending on the discipline and previous education of the trainee. Fellows are eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program.

Application and Start Dates: The deadline for application is February 15 (although applicants are encouraged to get their applications submitted as early as October) for fellowships beginning in the first part of July of the following year.

Application Process:  Submission of an application that includes (1) a cover letter, of no more than three pages, stating short and long term professional goals, clinical or other pertinent background, a statement of personal goals for the fellowship, (2) a full curriculum vitae, and (2) two letters of recommendation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to talk to Dr. Bulat before applying.

Selection and Selection Criteria: 
 A selection committee will review and rank applications based on the following criteria: quality of credentials and experience, commitment to remain in the VA system, match between personal goals and planned program activities, and strength of recommendations.

For information about these and other fellowships in the VA:

• VA’s web page at
• Contact Dr. Tatjana Bulat at

Download information on this fellowship


Tatjana Bulat, MD, CMD, Co-Director

Vianna Broderick, MD (Faculty)

Contact Information

Dr. Tatjana Bulat, ACOS Geriatrics and Extended Care
James A. Haley VA Medical Center, Grand Oak Plaza, 8900 Grand Oaks Circle, Tampa, FL 33637-1022

Tatjana Bulat:

Other Sites of Interest

VHA Office of Academic Affiliations

Veterans’ Health Administration (VHA) Office of Academic Affiliations training programs are available for clinical trainees, VA staff and education affiliates. Included is information about residencies and fellowships including the pre and postdoctoral nursing fellowships, the pre and postdoctoral fellowships in rehabilitation and VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Interprofessional Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation. For information about training opportunities contact The VHA Office of Academic Affiliations at

VHA Office of Research and Development Training Site

This site contains information about VHA training programs in research postdoctoral fellowships and the career development program.

Safe Patient Handling and Mobility

For more information on safe patient handling and mobility see the VA National Site or the Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation Site

Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Conferences

VA National Center for Patient Safety

View more information on the National Center for Patient Safety website.

VA Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Simulation – Tampa, FL

The Tampa VA (James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital) offers an interprofessional 12-month advanced fellowship program in clinical simulation. The VA Advanced Fellow will develop skills and competence as a simulation educator while leading efforts to improve health care for the nation’s Veterans.

For more information, please contact:

Henry Park, M.D., Co-Director or

Janet Sprehe, DNP, APN-BC, CVRN, RN-BC, Co-Director

The following websites are not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content. 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Healthcare Accreditation Supersite
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
National Patient Safety Foundation
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration