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Advanced Fellowship in Health Services Research

Director: Diana Burgess, PhD
Co-Director: Elisheva Danan, MD, MPH
Associate Director: Michele Spoont, PhD
Associate Director for Curriculum: Nathan Shippee, PhD

About the Fellowship Program
Over three decades, the Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research (CCDOR), a VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation, has established an outstanding track record of training physician and postdoctoral research fellows, with fellowship alumni now in leadership positions in VA, academia, state government, and the private sector. Following a competitive review process, the CCDOR Health Services Research (CCDOR-HSR) fellowship program was re-selected on September 30, 2021 as one of 14 VA Advanced Fellowship Programs in Health Services Research & Development. 

Now with an expanded focus on Learning Health Systems (LHS), new partnerships and learning opportunities, and a robust interprofessional training environment, the CCDOR-HSR fellowship program will train the next generation of researchers with the skills needed to become change agents in public and private healthcare systems.

The CCDOR-HSR fellowship provides two years of training for eligible physicians, associated health or nursing professionals, and those with a PhD or equivalent in health services research, public health, the social sciences, statistics, bioscience, or related fields.  Fellows spend approximately 80% of their time in research and education and 20% in clinical care (or health care system improvement activities for non-clinicians) at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. All fellows are paired with a Primary Research Mentor, selected from a talented cadre of CCDOR investigators, and an Operations Mentor. Operations Mentors are clinical or operational leaders who will help fellows address high priority research questions, navigate systems barriers to change, and ultimately conduct more impactful research. Our innovative curriculum emphasizes experiential mentored learning, embedded research, and formal methodologic training.

Candidates interested in trauma recovery, chronic pain and opioid harms reduction, health equity, implementation science and LHS, and cancer prevention and screening may find CCDOR a particularly good fit. Candidates with other interests are also encouraged to apply.

Who should apply?
PhD and other doctoral level fellows must have (or be close to completing) a PhD or equivalent in health services research, nursing, public health, the social sciences, statistics, bioscience, or related fields. Degree must be completed prior to start. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Fellows receive an annual stipend plus health insurance benefits. Clinical and counseling psychologists and non-physician health care providers may also have the opportunity for clinical experiences during their fellowship, up to 20% of their time. 

MD fellows must have (or be close to completing) the following requirements: have graduated from an ACGME accredited residency, be board certified or board eligible, and have an active unrestricted U.S. medical license. These requirements must be completed prior to starting the fellowship. International medical graduates must also have an ECFMG certificate that is valid indefinitely. Physicians in all areas are encouraged to apply, but those who are in internal medicine, psychiatry, or rehabilitation medicine will have a broader pool of mentors from which to choose. 

MD Fellows receive at least 75% 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 ccdor.fellowship@va.govMore information regarding the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) can be found hereClick here to view some of our current and past fellows.

The application deadline for PhD fellows has been extended to February 28th, 2023. Applications received after this date may still be considered on a case-by-case basis. MD applicants may submit applications at any time.  

CCDOR strives to create an atmosphere where differences are valued, learners are supported, and coworkers are welcoming. Our mission, to improve the health and health care of Veterans and US community members, will only be achieved through a diversity of perspectives and an environment of inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and respect. CCDOR encourages qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, ages, ancestries, religious practices, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Diana Burgess, PhD
Fellowship Director
CCDOR, Building 9/152