The Integrated Fellowship is based at the Center for Education in Health Sciences, in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. During the two-year fellowship, fellows enroll in a master’s degree program offered in The Graduate School (TGS) of Northwestern University. A substantial part of the fellowship training is experientially achieved through strong mentoring relationships between fellows and distinguished faculty mentors.
This Integrated Fellowship draws upon faculty with research and mentorship expertise in Healthcare Quality and Safety Innovation, Healthcare Economics, Healthcare Equity, Maternal-Child Health, Healthcare Policy and Implementation, and Chronic Disease Care and Outcomes. Fellows can also collaborate with faculty and staff at the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research (CROR) at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the Center for Outcomes, Research and Education (CORE) and Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH), VA HSR&D, Hines VA. Through IPHAM, fellows have access to faculty conducting research in the Centers for Patient-Centered Outcomes; Community Health; Engineering and Health; Behavior and Health; Global Health; and Aging, Health and Society. Additional key NU resources are the Biostatistical Collaboration Core, NU Bioinformatics Center, and well-established collaborations with numerous clinical departments (e.g., Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Surgery).
Required fellowship activities include:
- Attendance at the weekly IPHAM Seminar Series, which hosts a wide range of speakers from Northwestern University as well as national and international experts in health services and outcomes research. Fellows are required to present their research at least once during the course of their fellowship;
- Attendance at the weekly “Fellows” seminar which focuses on collaborative evaluation of fellows' research projects, preparation of presentations, and discussion of manuscripts;
- Participation, when relevant, in the “Work in Progress” seminar sponsored by the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics;
- Participation in research relevant activities of other academic departments;
- Submit research abstracts and manuscripts for publication (one in Year 1 and two in Year 2);
- Submit one research proposal for extramural funding of research in Year 2; and
- Complete and review with mentors a written Quarterly Learning Plan describing coursework, research activities and plans, and any challenges in which help is needed.
Fellows are supported by funding from:
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) T-32 National Research Service Award (NRSA);
- Project award from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, (NIDILRR)
- Occasionally, a Feinberg School of Medicine Department
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