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OAA Fellowship Program

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 

The CCDOR-HSR fellowship provides two years of post-residency, post-doctoral research, education, and clinical opportunities to 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.

Candidates interested in trauma recovery, chronic pain and opioid harms reduction, health equity, implementation science, Learning Health Systems (LHS), and cancer prevention and screening may find CCDOR a particularly good fit, but other candidates are encouraged to apply.

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VA Quality Scholars Fellowship Program

Senior Faculty Scholars: Susan Diem, MD, MPH; Judith Pechancek, DNP, RN, CENP; Michele Spoont, PhD

The National VA Quality Scholars Program (VAQS) is a 2-year fellowship that is designed to train the next generation of health professionals to improve healthcare through innovations, quality improvement, and patient safety.  The fellowship is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and consists of eleven sites across the United States, as well as an affiliate site in Toronto, Canada. Each site in the US consists of a partnership between a VA hospital and an academic institution. The site in Minneapolis is based at the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System and the University of Minnesota. 

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