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Advanced Fellowship in Clinical and Health Services Research


Co-Directors: Diana Burgess, PhD and Timothy Wilt, MD, MPH
Associate Director: Michele Spoont, PhD

About the Fellowship Program

We offer two-year post-doctoral fellowships in clinical care and health services research for qualified candidates with a PhD or MD. Candidates interested in epidemiology, healthcare disparities, implementation science, high value health care and policy, biostatistics, research methodology, cancer prevention and screening, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, or substance use disorders, may find CCDOR a particularly good fit with our program, but other candidates are encouraged to apply.

All fellows are paired with a primary mentor, selected from a talented cadre of senior investigators. Fellows will participate in an intensive mentored research experience, with training in grant and manuscript writing, health services research, and research methods. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in systematic reviews, under the auspices of the Minnesota Evidence-Synthesis Program, one of four VA Evidence-based Synthesis Programs.

CCDOR is an interdisciplinary research center located at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical School and School of Public Health. CCDOR is a vibrant organization with 25 core investigators, 8 affiliate or associate investigators, 2 Fellows and a Statistical and Data Programming Core of 7. Since our training program was established, we have produced alumni who have gone on to productive careers in academic medicine and clinical and health services research and have attained leadership positions in their fields of specialization. Click here to view our alumni.

Who should apply?
Postdoctoral fellows should have a PhD or equivalent in health services research, nursing, public health, the social sciences, statistics, bioscience, or related fields. Fellows receive an annual stipend plus health insurance benefits. Stipend for PhD fellows is $44,755 in year 1 and $47,174 in year 2. Stipend for nurse fellows is $54,916 in year 1 and $58,182 in year 2. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

MD fellows must have graduated from an ACGME accredited residency; be board certified or board eligible; be a U.S. citizen; and have an active unrestricted U.S. medical license. International medical graduates must also have an ECFMG certificate that is valid indefinitely. Physicians in the fields of internal medicine, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine and other specialties are encouraged to apply.  MD Fellows receive 85% protected time for research and education and have the opportunity to complete an MPH in epidemiology or health services research or an MS in clinical research through the University of Minnesota’s (UMN) School of Public Health. MD fellows also have opportunities for outpatient and inpatient clinical experiences at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and for teaching within the UMN Medical School. Salary is based on PGY level.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter stating career interests and fellowship goals, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample to Diana Burgess, PhD (diana.burgess@va.gov). See below for a listing of past fellows.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis until November 1, 2017.

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