The Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group has announced the fourth round of its exciting programme of fellowships for anaesthetists interested in patient safety.

In collaboration with the Association of Anaesthetists and the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group (SALG) are offering a unique programme of formal training through Harvard Medical School that aims to develop international expertise in peri-operative quality and safety.

The successful candidates will be known as the SALG-BIDMC Safety Scholars, and will be provided with:

  • a fully funded place in a Master of Healthcare Quality and Safety (MHQS) course from Harvard University, while also engaged in clinical practice at a suitable level at the Beth Israel Deconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a major Harvard Medical School teaching hospital with a long tradition of clinical, academic and research excellence in Boston’s highly competitive healthcare environment.
  • Co-mentorship from the Vice Chair of Quality and Safety at BIDMC (Professor SK Ramachandran), and the SALG co-chairs: Professor J J Pandit and Dr P Young
  • Scholars will identify project(s) in the UK that they will develop and lead on, after their return to the UK

By accessing oversight from these faculty, this scholarship will equip successful candidates with the theoretical, practical and leadership skills to implement quality and safety techniques and processes within their organizations, in addition to benefitting from the immense network and resources of the Harvard academic community. We expect that they will be positioned to become the future leaders in quality and safety.

Further details of the programme are available here.

Application process

Please note at least Steps 1 and 2 of USMLE are essential. The deadline for applications to be received is noon on 4 December 2021. Interviews will be held on 17 December 2021. Successful candidates will commence their program on 1 July 2022 or 1 July 2023.

Accordingly, candidates are encouraged to apply and plan early and actively participate in the preparatory processes once they are selected.

Interested candidates should;

  1. Visit this page: and click on 'apply'
  2. Complete the registration form, including a supporting statement on the explaining their reasons for applying, and upload a single MS Word or PDF file containing all of the below.
    • the completed preliminary visa and regulatory screening form (downloadable from the above page)
    • a letter of intent explaining your reasons for applying
    • a full CV including publication list, h-index and any grant funding obtained in the course of their career
    • three references, which should be included in the body of the application on headed notepaper and signed by each referee
    • if a trainee, a statement from current employer that they guarantee that you will be employed with them on completion of your scholarship