Primary Care Population Health Fellowship
The fellowship purpose is to give physicians two years of additional training to build scholarship and innovation skills for a successful academic career in primary care and population health. The emphasis is on training for health systems innovation, practical evaluation, and community outreach.
This program is offered by the Department of Medicine’s Division of Primary Care and Population Health in conjunction with the Department of Health Policy. This combined sponsorship facilitates involvement in several innovative programs across the University. Stanford University has a unique training environment, with a strong research program and a long history of successful training programs. Stanford is home to nationally and internationally renowned research programs in several fields including health services research, medical education, medical informatics, medical economics, decision theory, and the epidemiology of cardiovascular risk factors. We have close working relationships with preeminent faculty on the main campus in related fields, including faculty in economics, biostatistics, sociology, business, and education. The activities of trainees in the Fellowship Program will be integrated closely with our other highly successful training programs. We expect that all fellows will have clinical training in family medicine, primary care general internal medicine, palliative care or geriatrics.
Applicants must have the legal right to work in the US and completed an M.D. and accredited residency. We expect that all fellows will have clinical training in family medicine, primary care general internal medicine, palliative care or geriatrics.
1. Professional Statement: Applicants should submit a brief statement (not to exceed one single-spaced page) of their research activities and career goals and objectives, how they can contribute to the objectives of the training program, and how the program can contribute to the applicant's professional development.
2. Demonstrated Productivity: Applicants should provide details on education, professional activities and relevant achievements. In addition, applicants are asked to supply one examples of their work.
3. Recommendations: Three written letters describing the applicant's competence, an estimate of how the applicant's performance ranks in relation to that of their peers, and the likelihood of the applicant making a contribution to the fields of population health, implementation science and health policy .
4. Interview: After an initial screening phase, top candidates will be interviewed.
The program has a rolling admission policy.
The focus of the two year program will be innovation and applied evaluation. It will have several potential tracks, tailored to individual scholars. The care innovation and value track will support individuals interested in developing new organizational structures and processes and their costs, leading to an eventual career in quality improvement or leadership. The evaluation track will support those more interested in the methods of implementation science and applied health services research, leading to a career as an investigator. The community outreach track will support those interested in population health and community-based participatory research (or community-partnered program implementation and evaluation). All fellows will learn the basics of all three areas, but will explore one in more depth.
The fellowship includes coursework, clinical responsibilities, and teaching and research opportunities under supervision. Fellows also have opportunities to become involved in ongoing projects and can attend a variety of classes at Stanford.
Research: Supervised research is the major component of the fellowship training. Fellows will design and execute one or more research projects under the supervision of program faculty; submit at least one manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal; present at a national research meeting; participate in grant writing; learn and use the latest technology in teaching; participate in and lead inter-professional teams.
Coursework: Fellows are encouraged to obtain a master of science in health services research (for information, see http://med.stanford.edu/hsr/). Regardless of whether they are enrolled in a degree program, fellows can attend classes at Stanford University, including courses in biostatistics, healthcare research methodology, decision analysis, medical informatics, practice management, and related fields. Fellows may also participate in seminars sponsored by the Stanford Faculty Development programs, an innovative program to improve clinical teaching and presentation skills.
Clinical Responsibilities: Clinical responsibilities may include outpatient care and supervision at Stanford Medicine or affiliated sites. Fellows will have the opportunity to teach conferences on aspects of primary care.
Salary: Salary will reflect the appropriate PGY (post-graduate year) level. Health insurance and other benefits are available.