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Advanced Fellowship Programs

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CCDOR offers two Advanced Fellowship programs: an Advanced Fellowship in Health Systems Research (HSR) and the VA Quality Scholars Program (VAQS). Some applicants may find that one program fits best with their background and interests; other applicants may choose to apply to both programs. Below are some key similarities and distinctions between the two programs. See the HSR and VAQS fellowship pages for more detailed information on each program.

Health Systems Research (HSR) VA Quality Scholars (VAQS)
- Funded through the VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA)
- Individualized mentoring
- Networking opportunities with national experts and leaders
- 2-year duration (both programs have potential for 3rd year extension)
- For clinical fellows, 20-25% time on VA clinical activities
- For non-clinical fellows, 20-25% time engaged in projects or activities relevant to healthcare improvement
Eligible Applicants:
MD or other doctoral-level clinicians; PhD or equivalent in health systems research, public health, the social sciences, statistics, bioscience, or related fields.

Program Focus:
Health systems research, implementation science, partnered research, and healthcare system improvement.

Career Goals:
Trains leaders and scholars for roles in healthcare, academia, government, non-profits, and the private sector.
Eligible Applicants:
Physicians, doctoral-level nurses, clinical psychologists, pharmacists, and physical therapists.

Program Focus:
QI/Healthcare improvement.

Career Goals:
Trains leaders and scholars in healthcare improvement – appropriate for those whose career goals may include healthcare leadership, scholarly work, and/or educational roles.