The Integrated Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research is designed for professionals with an MD or PhD who wish to gain expertise in health services and outcomes research in order to pursue a career focused on research, dissemination and translation of research findings and scholarly educational activities.
During the two-year fellowship, trainees enroll in a master’s degree program offered in The Graduate School of Northwestern University.
A substantial part of the fellowship training is experientially achieved through strong mentoring relationships between fellows and distinguished faculty mentors.
The 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 also collaborate with faculty and staff at the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the Center for Outcomes, Research and Education and Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare, Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Service and Hines Veterans Affairs.
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 Health Policy and Economics. Additional key resources are the Biostatistical Collaboration Core, Bioinformatics Center and well-established collaborations with numerous clinical departments, such as 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 Work in Progress Seminar, which focuses on collaborative evaluation of fellows' research projects, preparation of presentations and discussion of manuscripts
- 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
- 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:
- Project Award from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, NIDILRR Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training: Health and Function
- Occasionally, a Feinberg School of Medicine Department
- Project Award from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, NIDILRR Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training: Disability Policy
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