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Program History and Purpose

The education of health care providers – be they physicians, nurses, or other healthcare professionals – has been challenged to meet the demands of the rapidly changing healthcare delivery system. With rare exceptions, the education of most health professionals has failed to prepare them adequately for interprofessional team practice and for systems improvement. In addition, most educational programs do not have access to experts trained in educational evaluation and research to assess the process, outcomes, and impact of the educational enterprise. There are insufficient numbers of educators who have expertise in the knowledge and skills needed to assess the interaction between the education programs in clinical settings, or to develop, implement, assess, and improve curricula in order to transform health professions education

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) oversees the largest health professions education enterprise in the country, and arguably in the world. Each year, nearly 120,000 trainees acquire some or all of their clinical education in VA medical centers, either in programs sponsored by VA or, more commonly, through partnerships with some 1800 academic affiliates (such as schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, psychology, and so forth). Given this ongoing investment aimed at developing the next generation of health care providers—for VHA and for the Nation—there is surprisingly little rigorous evaluation of education program process, outcomes, and impact. Known for its robust health systems research capability, VA has considerably less expertise in the formal assessment of education program development, implementation, and outcomes as well as educational research.

Given the radical changes now underway in health care delivery, there is a parallel pressing need to re-shape the education of health professions trainees. The development of education evaluation and research expertise is critically needed now.

The purpose of the Advanced Fellowship program in Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research is to develop experts to advance healthcare education through practice, inquiry, and improvement.

Program Overview

The Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research Advanced Fellowship program provides two years of post-residency, post-doctoral research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible physicians and associated health/nursing professionals. Fellows spend approximately 70 percent of their time in training, development, and implementation of projects related to the practice and advancement of healthcare education and 30 percent in clinical care at selected VA sites. Mentors of national stature provide guidance to fellows in rich learning environments. Graduates are expected to assume post-fellowship opportunities within VHA and other healthcare institutions that seek to advance healthcare education through practice, inquiry, and improvement.

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

Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research Advanced Fellowship Address List

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (Houston)
Director: Kyler Godwin, PhD, MPH
Co-Director: Molly Horstman
Faculty: Aanand Naik, MD
Telephone 713-440-4441
Telephone 713-791-1414 x10344
Telephone 713-794-8541
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030-4298


National Center for Patient Safety
Director: Bradley Vince Watts, MD, MPH
Telephone : 802-295-9363 x5235
White River Junction VA Medical Center
VA Mail 129
163 Veterans Drive
White River Junction, VT 05009


San Francisco VA Medical Center
Director: Bridget O’Brien, PhD
Telephone: 415-519-7935
San Francisco VA Medical Center
4150 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94121


SimLearn National Simulation Center

Co-Director: Scott A Wiltz, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Co-Director: Jennifer C. Thompson, MD, MPH

Telephone: 407-631-9511
Telephone: 407-631-4019
Orlando VA Medical Center
5201 Raymond Street
Orlando, FL 32803