Step 2: Define Leadership Roles
Chapter Leader Role and Responsibilities
Anyone willing to help form and lead the Chapter can be the Chapter Leader. Students or residents usually lead Chapters, although faculty and deans can also serve the role. Chapter Leaders:
- Recruit students and faculty.
- Facilitate events and activities that provide learning and networking opportunities.
- Connect with other Chapter Leaders, locally and internationally, to share ideas and best practices.
- Advocate for patient safety and quality topics to be included in their formal curriculum.
Faculty Advisor Roles and Responsibilities
Faculty Advisors are faculty members, attendings, professors, deans, employers, or anyone willing to advise and support the Chapter. If possible, the Faculty Advisor should have a permanent position at the organization to promote continuity within the Chapter. Faculty Advisors:
- Advocate for the Chapter as an organization officially recognized by the institution’s administration. To support this aim, offer advice about — and ways to obtain — funding for Chapter activities.
- Participate in Chapter meetings — for example, facilitate discussions about videos or case studies.
- Assist with planning activities, as needed.
- Help the Chapter Leader ensure continuity of the Chapter over time (i.e., transfer of Chapter Leadership from year to year).
- Identify local opportunities for students to work on patient safety and quality improvement projects and initiatives.