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VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D)

Program Announcement

Program details and application procedures:
Program Announcement

History and Purpose

In 1991, the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) started VA's Advanced Fellowships Program in Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D). A broad array of concerns was challenging health care delivery in VA and the nation. These concerns ranged from issues involving approaches for incorporating patient perspectives in decision making to quality, cost, and measurement issues. Few physicians had the training in health services research needed to address these critical issues, and the need for such trained physicians was increasingly dramatically. In response, OAA started the HSR&D Fellowship Program to develop a cadre of physicians with health services expertise for the VA healthcare system and to foster the development of high quality health services research and development at local and national levels.

Program Overview

The fellowship provides two years of post-residency research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible physicians. Fellows spend approximately 75 percent of their time in research and education and 25 percent in clinical care at competitively selected VA sites. Mentors of national stature provide guidance to fellows in rich learning environments. Graduates are expected to be role models in leading, developing, conducting, and evaluating innovative health services research in a variety of clinical settings.

Fellowship Requirements

Eligible physicians must have graduated from an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency; be board certified or board eligible; be a U.S. citizen; and have an active, unrestricted U.S. medical license. They must desire to lead and shepherd health services research in rapidly changing health care settings. International medical graduates must also have an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate that is valid indefinitely.

Application

To inquire about the application process and to learn more about the program, interested physicians should write to the site of their choice and send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to that site.

Health Services Research Fellowship Address List

VISN 11 Ann Arbor MI.
For questions about the program please contact the co-Director: Julie Lowery, PhD.
Director: Michele Heisler, MD, MPA 
Co-Director: Julie Lowery, PhD
Administrative Officer: Jan Adams-Watson 

MD and PhD Fellowship Program in Health Services Research
HSR&D Center of Excellence
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
2215 Fuller Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
Telephone 734 845 3502
Fax 734 845 3250

WebSite 

Research Focus: Our Center of Excellence focuses on clinical practice management issues for those conditions that account for a large proportion of the costs and preventable morbidity and mortality in VHA. Our research focus within this priority area include the following: To improve our understanding of how to measure, monitor and understand quality and efficiency for a patient population with substantial disease burden; To rigorously examine alternative and innovative systems and strategies for efficiently improving quality and outcomes for common serious and chronic illnesses; and To develop and apply improved methodologies for informing policy makers regarding heterogeneity in the effectiveness and safety of proposed interventions and for assessing barriers to the implementation of high-priority care.


VISN 1 New England: Bedford, MA
MD Director: Adam Rose, M.D.
PhD Program Director: Susan Eisen, PhD
HSR&D Center of Excellence
VA Medical Center
200 Springs Road (152)
Bedford, MA 01730
Telephone 781-687-2867
Telephone 781-687-2962
Fax 781-687-2227

Research Focus: Fellowship faculty has a broad array of interests that center on studies to assess and improve the quality and access to VA healthcare. Priority areas include patient safety, medication effectiveness, and patient-centered care. Methodological expertise in implementation science, qualitative analyses, and use of large VA databases supports research in these priority areas.


VISN 1 New England: Boston, MA
MD Post Doctorate Program Director: Steven Simon, MD, MPH
PhD Post Doctorate Program Director: James F. Burgess, Jr., PhD
VA Boston Medical Center,
152M Jamaica Plain Campus
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130
Telephone 857-364-6380
Fax 857-364-6140

Research Focus: Particular focus at the Boston location are issues regarding research on organizations and integrated care. Fellowship faculty has a broad array of interests that center on studies to assess and improve the quality and access to VA healthcare. Priority areas include patient safety, medication effectiveness, and patient-centered care. methodological expertise in implementation science, qualitative analyses, and use of large VA databases supports research in these priority areas.

PhD Post Doctorate Program Director: Alan B. Cohen, ScD
Boston University Health Policy Institute
53 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
Fax 617-353-9227
Boston University Health Policy Institute*
RWJ Scholars Program*

Research Focus: Please refer to websites for more details


VISN 12 Chicago Hines VAH and Jesse Brown VAMC

MD Post Doctorate Program Director: Dr. Howard Gordon
PhD Post-Doctoral Program Director: Dr. Sherri LaVela
RN Post-Doctoral Program DirectorDr. Eileen Collins

CMC3/ Hines VA Hospital (151H)
P.O. Box 1033
Hines, IL 60141

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.


VISN 6 Durham, NC
Post Program Director: in HSR (152)
MD Director: David Edelman, M.D.
PhD Director: Corrine I. Voils, PhD Web page 
VA Medical Center (152)
508 Fulton Street
Durham, NC 27705
Telephone 919 286-6936
Fax 919 416-5836

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.


VISN 16 Houston, TX
Houston HSR&D Education Program (152)
Program Chief: Aanand D. Naik, MD

Education Program Coordinator: Arin Wooten

WebSite


Telephone 713-440-4680

PhD Post Doctoral Fellowship Program (152)
PhD Fellowship Director: Sylvia Hysong, PhD

Telephone 713-440-4444
PhD Fellowship Research
WebSite 

MD Post Doctoral Fellowship Program (152)
MD Fellowship Director: be LeChauncy Woodard, MD, MPH
Telephone 713-440-4441
WebSite

HSR&D Education Program Curriculum (152)
Curriculum Director: Geri Adler, PhD and Grace Hsiao-Wei Lo, M.D., M.Sc

Telephone 713-440-4480
MD Fellowship Research
 

Michael E. DeBakey Medical Centerr
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030

Telephone 713-794-8601
Fax 713-748-7359
Education Programs

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.


VISN 11 Indianapolis, IN

HSR&D Advanced Fellowship Program Center of Excellence
on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice

Director: Marianne Matthias, PhD
Co-Director: Matthew J. Bair, MD
Administrative Officer: Kathy Carlson
1481 West 10th Street (11H)
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Telephone 317-988-2058
Fax 317-988-3222

WebSite 

Research Focus: Cancer care, pain and symptoms management, severe mental illness, stroke quality, health services research, applied informatics, human factors engineering, healthcare engineering, simulation and modeling, patient safety, preventive services, technology evaluation, organizational studies, process innovation, clinical epidemiology, survey research, clinical trials, biostatistics, behavioral science, medical sociology, patient-provider communication, self-management, recovery models, and rehabilitation research.


VISN 16 Little Rock, AR

Fellowship Program in Health Services Research
HSR&D Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research (CeMHOR)
Post Doctoral Fellowship Program
Director: Michael A. Cucciare, PhD 
HSR&D Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research (CeMHOR))
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (152/NLR)
2200 Fort Roots 152
North Little Rock, AR 72114-1706
Telephone 501-257-1068



VISN 22 Los Angeles, CA
MD Fellowship Program in Health Services Research
Director: Debra Saliba, MD, MPH
Program Support Assistant: Cynthia Law
VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System
11301 Wilshire Blvd, #111G
Los Angeles, CA 90073
Telephone 818 891 7711 x7665
Telephone 310 478 3711 x 42784
Fax 310-268-4933

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.

PhD Fellowship Program in Health Services Research (located at the Sepulveda Campus)
Director: Elizabeth Yano, PhD
Co-Director: Brian Mittman, PhD
Co-Director: Melissa Farmer, PhD
Co-Director: Aram Dobalian, PhD, JD
Administrative Officer: Ismelda Canelo, MPA
The Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center (SACC)
16111 Plummer Street
North Hills, CA 91343

Telephone 818-891-7711
Telephone 800-516-4567
Fax 818-895-9559

WebSite 

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.


Minneapolis, MN
MD Fellowship Program in Health Services Research
Director: Steven S. Fu, MD, MSCE
Co-Director: Craig S. Roth, MD
Administrative Officer: Jill Mahal-Lichty
Minneapolis VA Medical Center (152)
Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Center (CCDOR)
One Veterans Drive, 152
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Telephone 612 467-2582
Fax 612 727-5699

WebSite 
PhD Fellowship Program in Health Services Research
Director: Diana Burgess, PhD
Associate Director: Michele Spoont, PhD
Administrative Officer: Jill Mahal-Lichty
Minneapolis VA Medical Center (152)
Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Center (CCDOR)
One Veterans Drive, 152
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Telephone 612 467-4232
Fax 612 725-2118

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.


Palo Alto, CA
MD Fellowship Program in Health Services Research
Director: Douglas K. Owens, MD
PhD Fellowship Program in Health Services Research
Director: Ruth Cronkite, PhD
Administrative Officer: Janet Eckstrom
Telephone 650-723-0933

Telephone 650-493-5000 ext. 22811
Palo Alto Health Care System
VAMC Menlo Park Division
795 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Telephone 650 493-5000 ext. 27065
Fax 650-617-2736 Fax

WebSite 

Research Focus: Clinical Decision Support, Medical Decision-Making, Clinical Informatics.


VISN 4 Philadelphia, PA
Associated Health Professions Post-doctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research
Director: David Asch, MD, MBA
Adm. Director: Marti Trudeau, RN, MPA
Administrative Officer: Janet Lynch

Telephone 215 898-0102
Telephone 215-823-5821
Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP)
Philadelphia VA Medical Center
3900 Woodland Avenue, 4100 Annex
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fax 215-222-2592

WebSite 

Research Focus: The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) is a VA HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN). We are a dual-site, cross-VISN center, with investigators in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. CHERP's mission is to advance the quality and equity of health and health care for vulnerable Veteran populations. Vulnerable populations may include race and ethnic minorities, women, the homeless, individuals with diminished autonomy or limited life expectancy, those with SMI, TBI, PTSD or stigmatizing medical conditions, victims of MST or IPV, rural residents, and OEF/OIF Veterans. We also research improving the quality, safety, and value of clinical therapeutics in the VA and beyond. CHERP investigators have expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods, including clinical trials, quality improvement, clinical epidemiology, large database analysis, pharmacoeconomics, psychometrics, econometrics, decision and cost-effectiveness analysis, meta-analysis, technology assessment, and implementation science.


VISN 4 Pittsburgh, PA
Associated Health Professions Post-doctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research
Director: Michael J. Fine, MD, MSc
Administrative Officer: Mary Walsh 

Telephone 412-360-2206
Telephone 412-360-2256
Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP)
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
University Drive (151C)
Pittsburgh, PA 15240-1001
Fax 412-360-2285

WebSite 

Research Focus: The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) is a VA HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN). We are a dual-site, cross-VISN center, with investigators in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. CHERP's mission is to advance the quality and equity of health and health care for vulnerable Veteran populations. Vulnerable populations may include race and ethnic minorities, women, the homeless, individuals with diminished autonomy or limited life expectancy, those with SMI, TBI, PTSD or stigmatizing medical conditions, victims of MST or IPV, rural residents, and OEF/OIF Veterans. We also research improving the quality, safety, and value of clinical therapeutics in the VA and beyond. CHERP investigators have expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods, including clinical trials, quality improvement, clinical epidemiology, large database analysis, pharmacoeconomics, psychometrics, econometrics, decision and cost-effectiveness analysis, meta-analysis, technology assessment, and implementation science.


VISN 20 Seattle, WA

MD Fellowship Program in Health Services Research Director:
Bessie A. Young, MD MPH

PhD Fellowship Program in Health Services Research
Director: Chuan-Fen Liu, PhD, MPH
Fellowship Coordinator: Mary Little
VA Puget Sound Health Care System (S-152)
HSR&D Seattle-Denver Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care
1100 Olive Way, Suite 1400
Seattle, WA 98101
Telephone 206-764-2611
Fax 206-764-2935
Administrative Officer, HSR&D Seattle-Denver Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care:Jane Summerfield
VA Puget Sound Health Care Systems S-152
1660 S. Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108
WebSite 

Research Focus: Our Center has many ongoing projects, including quality and cost of care, treatment and medical outcomes related to alcohol and substance abuse, cardiovascular disease care and epidemiology, medication adherence, health care delivery, health policy, cost effectiveness, medical decision-making, physician education, geriatrics, prevention, and ambulatory care.


VISN 8 Tampa FL
Associated Health Professions Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Health Services Research
HSR&D/RR&D Center of Excellence, Maximizing Rehabilitation Outcomes
Acting Director: Gail Powell-Cope, PhD, ARNP, FAAN
Administrative Officer: Mary Reeder 
Telephone 813-558-39111
Telephone 813-558-3933
HSR&D/RR&D Center for Maximizing Rehabilitation Outcomes
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
8900 Grand Oak Circle
Tampa, FL 33637
Fax 813-558-3990

Research Focus: The theme of the Tampa Center of Excellence (COE) is maximizing rehabilitation outcomes targeting veterans with disabilities, including Wounded Warriors from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF). The goal is to advance the science of rehabilitation by using robust research methods that combine traditional health services outcomes (e.g., patient safety, QOL, access, healthcare utilization, and cost) with rehabilitation outcomes (e.g., function, activity, and community participation). Objectives are to: (1) Test rehabilitation interventions or programs designed to promote safety, function, activity, community participation, and QOL, while reducing healthcare utilization and cost; (2) Differentiate among PTSD, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and mTBI for Wounded Warriors, given that symptoms may be subtle, delayed-onset, and overlapping (3) Predict the prevalence, severity, and cost of common rehabilitation adverse events across rehabilitation care settings; and (4) Develop and validate risk assessment and rehabilitation outcome measures with optimal specificity and sensitivity for veterans with disabilities, including PT.

 

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