Additional Opportunities for Trainees

Stanford Resident Safety Council

The Stanford Resident Safety Council (RSC) is open to residents and fellow from all departments. The RSC completes annual projects aimed at topics of broad interest, such as building a better discharge process or breaking down barriers to efficient MD to RN communication. In recent years, Neurology residents have served in a number of leadership positions in the RSC. In 2022-2023, Dr. Katherine Xiong is serving as Co-Chair of RSC.

Neurology Resident Safety Champions

Every year, residents from every clinical department volunteer to serve as Resident Safety Champions. In 2022-2023, the Neurology Resident Safety Champions are Nicholas Schwartz (PGY2) and Jacqueline Summers Stromberg (PGY4).

Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a member of the Resident Safety Council, an institution wide group of residents and fellows working on quality improvement projects that address organization-wide initiatives
  • Serving as a member of the Neurology Quality Council
  • Serving as a trainee representative for Neurology quality improvement initiatives by helping embed residents into existing departmental QI structures
  • Serving as a member of the RSC Advisory Council to provide consultation to SHC projects.
  • Leading teamwork/ARCC training and health equity for their peers


Fellows can also serve in a similar role. In 2022-2023, Vascular Neurology fellow Anirudh Sreekrishnan is serving as the Neurology Fellow Safety Champion.

If you are interested in learning more about serving as Neurology Resident or Fellow Safety Champion, please contact Carl Gold.

Quality Improvement Focus

The Stanford Neurology Residency Program has developed areas of focus, including Quality Improvement. Residents may elect to participate in the Quality Improvement focus, with the goal of completing mandatory and elective educational and leadership opportunities and completing a scholarly project with faculty mentorship. For additional details about the Quality Improvement Focus, please contact Vice Chair for Education, Dr. Neil Schwartz, or the Directors of the Quality Improvement Focus: Dr. Carl Gold, Dr. Katie Kvam, and Dr. Laurice Yang.

Quality Improvement Elective

Stanford Neurology residents may elect to spend one or more two-week blocks to accelerate progress on an improvement project or to prepare the results of an improvement project for publication. The elective includes frequent mentoring meetings. During the elective, residents have the opportunity to attend departmental and hospital-wide meetings about quality and patient safety. To learn more about the Quality Improvement elective, please contact Dr. Carl Gold.