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Post-Doctoral Fellowship


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CHOIR is a multi-disciplinary research center that has academic affiliations with a number of top-flight institutions including the Boston University School of Public Health, Boston University School of Medicine, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Harvard Medical School.  Our two campuses are located at the Boston and Bedford VA Medical Centers, both in Massachusetts.

We offer exciting two-year post-doctoral fellowships in health services research for qualified candidates with either a PhD (or equivalent) or MD seeking to work with senior investigators on funded research projects in such areas as: patient-centered care; organizational transformation and culture change; implementation of evidence-based practice; care coordination; patient safety; public health communication; medication optimization and effectiveness; and mental health recovery. The program is designed to develop and enhance skills in conducting health services research toward the goal of becoming an independently funded researcher.  Senior investigators serve as mentors, guiding fellows in the application and use of health services research methods, quantitative and qualitative analysis methods, implementation science methods, and the design and conduct of clinical trials involving health service innovations.

Fellows participate in research projects at CHOIR and develop their own individual projects. The program draws upon the rich interdisciplinary environment of CHOIR, which includes researchers trained in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, psychology, anthropology, sociology, organization theory, management science, economics, statistics, epidemiology, operations management, health services/policy, and public health (see list of CHOIR investigators).

Fellowships are funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) and administered in collaboration with the Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) service. Stipends are according to fixed VA OAA rates for PhD fellows. Other health professional fellow salaries are commen-surate with PGY level.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

PhD Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research

This fellowship provides training and research opportunities for recent PhDs (or equivalent) in health services research, social science, nursing, management science, or related fields.

MD Post-Residency Fellowship in Health Services Research

This fellowship provides post-residency training and research opportunities for physicians and other health professionals. 

Please submit a CV and a brief narrative statement of prior research training, experience, career goals, reasons for seeking fellowship, and specific health services research interests to Karen Quigley, PhD ( and Martin Charns, DBA ( for PhD and nurse fellows, or to Ann Borzecki, MD ( and Steven Simon, MD ( for MD or other health professional fellows. Initial deadline for full considerations January 18, 2019.  Submit a letter of interest with a CV and a 1-2 page statement of prior research training and experience, reasons for seeking fellowship, specific health services research interests, goals for the fellowship, and overall career objectives.

VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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