The US healthcare system currently faces many challenges and health services and outcomes research plays a critical role in informing the health care policymaking process, developing improvements in clinical practice, reducing healthcare disparities, and shaping the manner in which health care will be delivered and paid for in the future.
The program is designed for professionals with a Medical Degree (MD) or Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) who wish to gain expertise in health services and outcomes research in order to pursue an academic career focused on extramurally-supported research, dissemination and translation of research findings, and scholarly educational activities.
The fellowship program is based at the Center for Healthcare Studies, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. As part of the two-year fellowship, fellows enroll in a master’s level degree program offered in The Graduate School (TGS) at Northwestern University. A large part of the fellowship training is achieved through mentor relationships between fellows and distinguished faculty mentors.
The fellowship is funded by:
- an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) T-32 National Research Service Award (NRSA);
- two National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) post-doctoral institutional training grants; and
- a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) T-32 Training Award.
The Northwestern University Integrated Fellowship in Health Services Research requires all fellows to be enrolled in a master’s level degree program offered in The Graduate School (TGS) at Northwestern University.
The Fellowship recommends enrollment in the Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research. Following consultation with the Fellowship Executive Committee and mentors, fellows may consider enrollment in other health services related master’s degrees offered by The Graduate School.
While Fellows are based at the Center for Healthcare Studies, located on the Feinberg School of Medicine campus in downtown Chicago, they collaborate with core research faculty and staff throughout the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University including the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Behavioral Medicine and with faculty and staff in many other Schools, Institutes, and Centers at Northwestern University. In addition, fellows collaborate with faculty and staff at the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research (CROR, http://www.ric.org/research/centers/cror/index.aspx ) at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the Center for Outcomes, Research, and Education (CORE), the Center for Management of Complex Chronic Care (CMC3) http://www.cmc3.research.va.gov/
After completing the fellowship, fellows will have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to be competitive for academic positions in healthcare institutions, or leadership positions in governmental and policy agencies and organizations. Recent fellows have obtained the following research faculty positions:
- Assistant Professor of Health Administration and Policy, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK
Research Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Director of Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, John H. Stroger Jr., Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Assistant Professor of Communications at SUNY- Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Assistant Professor of Orthopedics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheba, Israel
Senior Research Associate, Institute for the Future of Aging Services, American Association for Homes and Services for the Aging, Washington D.C.
Applicants for the NRSA and NIDRR Fellowships must submit official graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and a detailed personal statement describing their career objectives and how their background experience and training, in conjunction with the fellowship training, will lead to professional contributions in health services research. All applicants must have completed a doctoral degree prior to the awarding of the fellowship. Applicants who do not currently hold US citizenship or a United States Permanent Resident Card ("green card") should contact the program before applying because the Fellowships each have unique requirements.
Interviews are required for all applicants.
Selection criteria include prior academic training and professional experience, the extent to which the applicant’s research interests relate to the strengths of the fellowship, the applicant's strength of commitment to a health services research career, and the applicant’s potential to contribute significantly to the field of health services research.
While applications for NRSA and NIDRR funded fellowships may be submitted at any time, receipt of applications by February 1 allows fellowships to begin between June 1 and September 1 that same year. Applications may be directed to:
Allen Heinemann, PhD, Fellowship Program Director and Professor
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine
345 E. Superior Street, Onterie Center
Chicago, IL 60611-2654
Phone: (312) 238-2802