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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality T32 Fellowship Training Program in Health Services Research

Overview

The T32 fellowship training program in Health Services Research is open to physicians from any field who have completed their residencies and who are interested in an academic career in health services research, clinical epidemiology, or health policy. The program is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The mission of the AHRQ T32 Fellowship Program in Health Services Research is to train post-residency physicians to conduct methodologically rigorous health services research in a multidisciplinary environment. The two-year training program requires participation in a formal didactic curriculum consisting of courses and seminars that are designed to provide both foundations and skills in clinical epidemiology and health services research. In addition, trainees continue to participate in a series of multidisciplinary conferences and methodology meetings, as well as interact in their own weekly seminar, working with each other and devoting effort to their own respective research projects. In accordance with program objectives, each trainee has begun to integrate his/her knowledge and skills to design and conduct his/her own original research project with the close supervision of the participating faculty.

Our strengths have been developing trainees to perform question-driven research in an area of their own interest, recruiting minority candidates, and requiring completion of a Master's Degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research. The program fosters the development of new investigators who become independent researchers, using methodologically rigorous approaches to address important health issues. Another strength of our program has been our multidisciplinary faculty with expertise in the basic sciences of clinical research, specifically in clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, decision sciences, and behavioral sciences. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital also participates and collaborates with our program in areas of patient safety and quality improvement.

The curriculum is designed to provide fellows with the conceptual and theoretical background and the practical knowledge and skills necessary to conduct interdisciplinary health services research. The courses are designed to give the participants a solid grasp of the fundamentals of conceptual and theoretical principals underlying health services, behavioral and clinical research. Fellows learn how and when to apply different research designs, quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. They are educated on the use of existing measures, development of surveys and creation new measures to collect their own data. They are trained in computer programming and skills to analyze their own data, including basic and advanced biostatistics techniques. They are taught informatics skills to effectively access secondary data, decision analysis and economic analyses, including cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis. They also examine the importance of adapting methods to different cultures and the importance of responsible conduct of research.

Research

With the active support of faculty mentors, fellows will design, perform, and present an independent research project in their area of interest in one of the following priority areas:

  1. Healthcare Disparities
  2. Patient Safety
  3. Quality Improvement
  4. Translating Research into Practice and Policy
  5. Patient-centered Care and Education

Our Alumni

Of our 53 graduates since the fellowship began in 1995, 73% are in academic positions, 17% work in applied settings (industry or public health), and 10% are in private practice. As academic faculty, our former fellows have successfully competed for grants, in which they are either principal investigators or co-principal investigators, and the total funding is $171 million. We have an excellent track record of developing physician-investigators, especially minority investigators, who go on to successful peer-review funded careers in health services research.

Eligibility

Candidates must have an M.D. and must have completed an accredited residency training program in any clinical area. The program is open to United States citizens and non-citizen nationals of the United States.

Applicants must provide proof of citizenship or permanent residence.

Applicants should be committed to pursuing a research career.

Application

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply early as fellowship slots are limited. To apply, please visit https://weillcornell.liaisoncas.com.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides support for the program through the National Research Service Award (NRSA) grant program that offers advanced training to students with a strong interest in careers in health services research.

Contact Information

Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluative Sciences Research

Mary E. Charlson, M.D., Fellowship Program Chair

Carol Mancuso, M.D., Fellowship Program Director

Robin Andrews, Program Coordinator
1300 York Avenue, Box 46
Tel: (646) 962-5050
Fax: (646) 962-0620
rra2004@med.cornell.edu

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