The Primary Care and Health Services Research Fellowship (PCHSRF) trains clinicians in Health Services Research (HSR) to ensure high quality, low cost, equitable health care delivery to populations, communities and individuals. Program graduates acquire the skills to identify and address gaps in health care quality and safety, assess the efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery, inform high-value care in a range of delivery systems or academic settings, and be successful in obtaining extramural funding. The fellowship includes a faculty development curriculum and offers candidates the opportunity to obtain advanced degrees through the Graduate School and the Colorado School of Public Health.
Most PCHSRF scholars have been general pediatricians, general internists, and family physicians, but the program is open to hospitalists and non-physician primary care clinicians committed to a career in HSR (e.g., physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and clinical pharmacists). Applicants have a record of academic excellence and often plan to apply HSR skills to research priorities in their home institutions. Most PCHSRF scholars have limited previous research experience and use their training to acquire and apply foundational skills in HSR.
PCHSRF program graduates go on to leadership roles in academia, health care delivery, and community engagement--influencing health care quality improvement and innovation locally and nationally. Of 40 program graduates from the past 15 years, 32 (80%) are in academic positions and 25 (63%) are full-time faculty. Example areas of research interest include: quality improvement, substance abuse, chronic disease care, childhood and adult obesity, school and community-based interventions for mental health vaccine-preventable diseases and immunizations, provider communication, newborn hearing screening, and healthcare policy.
The PCHSRF was founded in 1993 at the University of Colorado (CU) and has provided the cornerstone of HSR training at CU for over 25 years. Federal funding support for the Program has come from HRSA, NRSA, and AHRQ, the latter of which allowed for its expansion beyond the university to train clinicians at the Denver Health safety net integrated delivery system. Currently, PCHSRF trainees receive support from their departments and divisions at their home institutions for a minimum of 40% protected time for the fellowship's research and education requirements.
Program faculty have appointments in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine, the Department of Family Medicine, and the Section of General Academic Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at CU, the CU School of Public Health, Denver Health, and the Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research. Core faculty serve as primary mentors for trainees, attend weekly work in progress session and create a learning community for all program participants.
Our core faculty members include:
Additional program faculty include:
Trainees who have established clinical roles at CU, Denver Health, or other healthcare delivery systems maintain clinical practices with 40% to 60% of their time; trainees negotiate clinical commitments with their department or division heads.
Rebecca Speer, Research Training Program Manager: 303-724-4310 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send CV, a statement of goals for the fellowship, and two letters of recommendation to:
A. Bayliss, MD, MSPH
10065 E. Harvard Ave. Suite 300 Denver, CO 80207
Or electronically to:
The fellowship does not adhere to a match date, and therefore schedules interviews at the convenience of the applicant and of the admissions committee. We encourage complete applications to be received by December 1. Fellows admitted into the program begin on July 1st.
An individual to be trained must be a citizen or non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence at the time of the appointment. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
The University of Colorado encourages applications from women and minority candidates.