ISMP Fellowships
Job Details
200 Lakeside Drive Suite 200 Horsham, PA 19044 - Horsham, PA
4 Year Degree
Health Care

ISMP fellowships are a challenging and rewarding experience offering a clear enhancement to career growth. ISMP Fellows have a unique opportunity to make a tangible difference in medication safety by collaborating with practitioners to develop and implement interdisciplinary error-prevention strategies, undertaking broad-based communication about medication errors and their prevention, and creating educational initiatives that reach healthcare professionals and the general public with crucial medication-safety related information. Graduates of the program have been sought for employment in medication safety positions in healthcare systems, regulatory agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, and ISMP. Following completion of their fellowship, Fellows will be well equipped to become leaders in the fight to prevent medication errors, regardless of the practice area they choose.


ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowship

ISMP’s Safe Medication Management Fellowship is a one-year program beginning each July. This Fellowship offers healthcare professionals the unparalleled opportunity to learn from and work with some of the nation's top experts in medication safety to develop medication safety initiatives and error-prevention strategies.
PLEASE NOTE: To be considered, you will need to attach the following with your resume/CV: transcripts and a cover letter expressing your interest in the fellowship program and future career plans. Additionally, three professional and/or academic letters of reference should be sent directly from your references to ISMP at:
ISMP International Medication Safety Management Fellowship


ISMP’s International Medication Safety Management Fellowship is a one-year program beginning each July. The Fellow will have the opportunity to be involved in both US and international medication safety initiatives, as well as to work closely with ISMP and international practitioners to help address medication safety issues on a national and global level.
PLEASE NOTE: To be considered, you will need to attach the following with your resume/CV: transcripts and a cover letter expressing your interest in the fellowship program and future career plans. Additionally, three professional and/or academic letters of reference should be sent directly from your references to ISMP at:

FDA/ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowship

The FDA/ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowship is a joint effort between ISMP and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology, Divisions of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis I and II (DMEPA I & II). The FDA/ISMP Fellow spends six months with ISMP, and six months with the FDA. This Fellowship provides a perfect opportunity to gain valuable regulatory experience and learn about the most current approaches to advancing medication safety and error prevention.

PLEASE NOTE: To be considered, you will need submit an online application with your resume/CV, transcripts, and one educational or professional recommendation to FDA/ORISE at: Candidates only applying for the FDA/ISMP fellowship only need to submit an application through the provided link to FDA/ORISE. Candidates applying for one or both of the ISMP Fellowships and the FDA/ISMP Fellowship must submit an application through both ISMP and FDA/ORISE.



Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Essential Functions Statements(s)


ISMP’s fellowships are flexible and may be adapted to take advantage of emerging opportunities. Professional interests of Fellows also may be incorporated into planned experiences in order to accomplish individual goals.



  • Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) and ISMP’s affiliate, ECRI
    • Learn about ISMP’s and ECRI’s history and achievements in safety.
    • Become familiar with ISMP’s and ECRI’s initiatives, products and service lines, ongoing collaborations, advocacy work, and role as a joint Patient Safety Organization (PSO).
    • Learn about the services offered by ISMP’s for-profit subsidiary, Medication Safety Board.
  • Medication safety-related professional, regulatory, and standard-setting organizations
    • Learn about the organizations with which ISMP has partnered or has an ongoing collaboration or that also are involved in patient safety work.
    • Understand their roles in safety and become familiar with their recommendations, standards, and/or requirements.
  • Medication safety concepts, issues, and errors
    • Receive instruction from leading medication safety experts at ISMP through provided webinars, personal presentations, and one-on-one teaching throughout the fellowship.  
    • Review relevant literature and publications, including published journal articles, the ISMP Medication Safety Alert! newsletters, and the book, Medication Errors.
    • Education includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:
      • Systems thinking approach and ISMP’s Key Elements of the Medication Use System™
      • Culture of safety and the Just Culture model
      • Human factors
      • Error reporting and analysis
      • Risk identification and use of metrics
      • Application of root cause analysis (RCA) and failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA)
      • High-alert medications and associated risk-reduction strategies
      • Integration of technology throughout the medication-use process
      • Regulatory requirements and standards for industry and healthcare organizations 

Learning Experiences and Involvement

  • Communication and networking with healthcare practitioners, consumers, and the public
    • Serve as the primary contact for medication safety-related inquiries. As such, research and respond to incoming questions and concerns from healthcare practitioners and consumers. Work with ISMP staff and lead group discussions, as needed, to formulate facility-specific recommendations or devise new ISMP recommendations.
    • Conduct onsite, confidential consultation visits to healthcare facilities with ISMP staff and contribute findings for inclusion in the final report. (Travel is dependent on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
    • Interact with medication safety officers/other professionals in medication safety to learn about their day-to-day activities, role and impact on safety, and how they address and prioritize medication safety issues.
    • Participate in media interviews related to medication safety topics as opportunities present.
  • Communication and networking with professional organizations, regulatory agencies, and drug information vendors
    • Participate in regular calls with drug information vendors and regulatory agencies.
    • Attend meetings with pharmaceutical or device companies and regulatory agencies.
    • Participate in regular medication safety calls with other professional groups.
    • Attend local, national, and possibly international professional meetings related to medication safety.
  • Review of medication error reports
    • Read through reports of hazardous conditions, close calls, and medication and vaccine errors submitted to ISMP’s national error reporting programs by healthcare practitioners and consumers.
    • Contribute to internal discussion around submitted reports and perform follow-up with individuals who reported to ISMP to ensure that all necessary information is available for ISMP evaluation of incidents.
    • Communicate with manufacturers, USP, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to report/discuss submitted concerns or incidents related to labeling, packaging, naming, or medication devices.
  • Publication and development of medication safety resources
    • Review ISMP’s five medication safety newsletters and contribute content as needed.
    • Prepare the content for the ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Action Agendas
    • Write and/or review information for continuing columns in journals as needed.
    • Participate in ongoing medication error prevention projects and collaborate with ISMP staff on the development of educational events, proposals and grant applications, and medication safety tools and resources, including self assessments, guidelines, and the Best Practices.
  • Participate in Medication Safety Board safety reviews
    • Review medication packaging and labeling designs for any safety concerns.
    • Contribute to other medication safety consulting work for industry as needed.
  • Travel opportunities (Travel is dependent on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
    • Travel with ISMP staff wherever possible.
    • Visit healthcare sites where certain technology systems have been integrated to observe their functionality and learn about the benefits and any potential risks with their implementation in the medication-use process.
    • Visit medication safety-related professional organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and regulatory agencies to understand their structure and role and to interact/network with staff.
  • Teaching and presentation opportunities
    • Participate in and lecture to Temple University’s PharmD class on medication errors.
    • Mentor PharmD students during their rotations with ISMP.
    • Prepare and present webinars or presentations to internal and outside healthcare practitioners as needed on various medication safety topics, journal articles, or medication error analysis.
    • Present a poster presentation regarding a research or related topic at a professional meeting.
  • Additional orientation, medication safety instruction, learning experiences, and involvement for the ISMP International Medication Safety Management Fellowship include:
    • Learn about the International Medication Safety Network (IMSN) and its member organizations, as well as other medication safety-related international organizations.
    • Understand IMSN’s role/purpose, initiatives, available resources, advocacy, and position statements.
    • Review relevant medication safety-related guidelines, standards, and requirements established by international regulatory and accreditation authorities, including the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Health Canada, and Joint Commission International.
    • Promote ISMP medication safety initiatives internationally.
    • Oversee, review, and analyze reported international medication errors; perform follow up with reporters, manufacturers, and relevant regulatory authorities, as needed; and share valuable “lessons learned” with the international healthcare community.
    • Participate in ongoing medication error prevention projects internationally.
    • Present educational webinars intended for an international audience on various medication safety topics.
    • Maintain and add content to the IMSN LinkedIn page to keep followers apprised of members’ initiatives and publications, as well as other relevant medication safety news and announcements.
    • Research and contribute content for articles posted on the IMSN website.
    • Attend the Annual IMSN Meeting and present and/or lead panel discussions during the meeting.
    • Interact and collaborate with IMSN member organizations, including ISMP’s sister organizations (ISMP Canada, Spain, Brasil) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring (Uppsala Monitoring Centre).   
    • Travel internationally to attend meetings or visit international medication safety organizations. (International travel opportunities are dependent on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
  • Additional orientation, medication safety instruction, learning experiences, and involvement for the FDA/ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowship include:
    • Learn how FDA reviews proposed proprietary names to reduce risk.
    • Learn how labels, labeling, packaging, and product design can reduce risk.
    • Learn how human factors engineering is integrated into the design of medical products.
    • Apply the techniques of Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA).
    • Learn how FDA addresses medication error related issues associated with marketed drug products.



Experience / Skills:

  • Healthcare professional with at least one year of postgraduate experience working in a healthcare setting
    • Pharmacists and physicians who have completed a residency program and nurses with risk management, quality improvement, or patient safety experience are eligible to apply
  • Dedicated individual with a strong commitment to improving medication safety, the ability to work in a fast paced and often-changing environment, and a high comfort level with working independently or in a collaborative process
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • RN, PharmD, Medical Doctor, or other applicable healthcare professional
  • Additional requirement for the FDA/ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowship ONLY:
    • Degree must have been received within the last sixty (60) months (5 years)


Computer Skills: Proficient with Microsoft Office 365



N (Not Applicable)

Activity is not applicable to this position.

O (Occasionally)

Position requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0 - 2.5+ hrs/day)

F (Frequently)

Position requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5 - 5.5+ hrs/day)

C (Constantly)

Position requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)


Physical Demands



O                                           Lift/Carry


O                                           10 lbs or less      O


C                                            11-20 lbs             N

Manually Manipulate

C                                            21-50 lbs             N


O                                            51-100 lbs           N

Reach Outward

O                                            Over 100 lbs       N

Reach Above Shoulder



C                                             Push/Pull


N                                             12 lbs or less       N                                   


N                                             13-25 lbs             N

Squat or Kneel

N                                             26-40 lbs             N


N                                             41-100 lbs           N


Other Physical Requirements

  • Vision (Near)



  • Relocation requirements will depend on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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