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Please note that this section is updated monthly. The following positions are still open as of 02/01/16.

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(02/04/16) Deputy Director, Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), VA Central Office - Washington, DC

The Deputy Director Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) functions as the Chief Science Officer in HSR&D and is responsible to the Chief Research and Development Officer (CRADO) through the Director, HSR&D. As the Chief Science Officer, the incumbent manages the scientific, research and technological operations of HSR&D, establishing the department's research and scientific priorities to align with the overall mission and goals of the Office of Research and Development, Veterans Health Administration. The Deputy Director is a critical member of a collaborative HSR&D leadership team which includes the Director and the Administrative Officer of HSR&D and the Director of the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI). This position is located in the Office of Research and Development (ORD), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Central Office, and is based in Washington, DC. VA's research program funds approximately 3,000 VA scientists, more than half of whom are clinicians. In addition, VA scientists receive nearly $500 million in research support from extra-VA sources, including the National Institutes of Health, other federal agencies, and private and commercial sources. The Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) is one of four research services in ORD that consists of a Washington-based staff of approximately 20 employees, who support the work of 19 Centers of Innovation (COINs), 4 Resource Centers, and hundreds of independent investigators at individual VA medical centers across the country. HSR&D supports research to improve the organization and delivery of health care at the patient, practice and system levels. Research programs and initiatives address a wide range of clinical issues and examine how new clinical practices, programs, policies, and organization affect the quality, costs, equity and outcomes of health care for veterans. Additional information and instructions on how to apply for this position are available on USA Jobs at http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/427228300.

OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, February 4, 2016 to Thursday, February 18, 2016

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(01/25/16) Tenured Faculty Position: Health Equity Scholar Department of Health Policy and Management - Los Angeles, CA

The Department of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is seeking applicants for a tenured faculty position at the Associate or Full Professor level who is a nationally recognized population health researcher recognized for his/her work on vulnerable populations, broadly defined, including focus on low income, ethnic minority, and other underserved groups. We are particularly interested in individuals with expertise in population-focused social, behavioral, and policy relevant research; social and health policy and program evaluation; community-partnered research; comparative effectiveness; and implementation and dissemination science. Applicants must have a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and demonstrated capacity to secure extramural funding for research.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will have a proven track record in research and publication, and will be expected to be affiliated with and play a leadership role in one or both of the research centers affiliated with the Department engaged in research on vulnerable populations, namely, the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity and the Center for Health Policy Research.

Qualifications: Qualifications include a strong record of research, teaching, and professional service in the areas of the search focus, and an earned doctorate in a relevant field. Except in truly exceptional circumstances, previous experience in a tenure-track appointment is required. Success in securing extramurally funded research support is essential.

Salary: Faculty appointment level and salary will be determined based on the candidates’ experience and qualifications. This position is a 9-month, tenured position, and is subject to final approval by the Chancellor.

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2016, and the Search Committee will consider applications until the position is filled. All applications will be kept strictly confidential.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names of three references to the Chair, Faculty Search Committee. All applications should be submitted electronically to UCLA Academic Recruit at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF01917.

For more information, please contact Allison Kamerman at ajlevine@ucla.edu.

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(01/06/16) Deputy Director for HSR&D - Washington, DC

The Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) program within the Office of Research and Development seeks to fill a Deputy Director position for HSR&D. This is a key leadership position for our $90 million program and 25 person office. The Deputy Director helps shape the direction of the research program with the Director, functions as Chief Science Officer for the service, oversees our PhD scientific program managers and builds relationships with research stakeholders within and outside VA. This position is based in Washington DC and cannot be performed virtually. For more information, please contact Liza Catucci at liza.catucci@va.gov or 202-443-5797.

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(01/06/16) Scientific Program Managers - Washington, DC

The Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) program within the Office of Research and Development is seeking to fill three senior Scientific Program Manager positions, each responsible for oversight of specific research portfolio areas and coordination of the scientific merit review process. All three positions are based in Washington DC and cannot be performed virtually. For more information, please contact Liza Catucci at liza.catucci@va.gov or 202-443-5797.

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(12/22/15) Implementation Scientist, Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is seeking qualified researchers to join the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research. Located in Nashville, TN, Vanderbilt is a leading academic medical center with strong traditions in health services research, quality improvement, biomedical informatics, and health system innovation. The medical center is a site for the VA National Quality Scholars Fellowship Program, as well as the IHI Open School.

The mission of the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research is to advance research on the quality, safety, value, and delivery of health care through scholarship, service, and education. Faculty in the Center lead and mentor the implementation and evaluation of quality initiatives locally in the medical center, regionally across the growing Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, and nationally through quality improvement collaboratives. The Center is interdisciplinary and interdepartmental, with faculty having primary appointments in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Management. The Center has a robust portfolio of extramural funding from the VA, NIH, AHRQ, PCORI, and CMS. It is integrated with the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research and the Institute for Medicine and Public Health, which provide space and infrastructure support.

Faculty research candidates (MD or PhD) with expertise in dissemination, implementation, health care delivery, and evaluation science are desired to expand the Center. Opportunities are available for tenure or non-tenure track positions, and for junior or senior faculty. Successful candidates will be expected to lead interdisciplinary research teams, teach and mentor trainees, perform quantitative and qualitative program evaluations, author scientific manuscripts, and develop grant applications. Experience in statistical analysis, program evaluation, and scientific writing is necessary. The ideal candidate will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, and experience in quality assessment/improvement or implementation science.

For More Information Contact:
Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc, SFHM
Director, Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research
sunil.kripalani@vanderbilt.edu

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(12/21/15) National Committee for Quality Assurance - Assistant Vice President - Washington, DC

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is recruiting an Assistant Vice President to support the development and execution of NCQA's research program. The position is primarily funded by grants and contracts. The successful candidate will, in collaboration with department leadership, identify, develop, lead, and collaborate on research grants and contracts that promote NCQA's mission of improving the quality of health care. they are seeking an individual with experience in quantitative and qualitative research particularly in areas of strategic interest such as value-based payment, delivery system transformation, electronic health records, and patient-reported outcomes. More information about the position is available on their website: http://www.ncqa.org/tabid/388/Default.aspx.

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(11/18/15) Professor, Tenured/Director, West Haven Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center (senior biostatistician) - West Haven, CT

The Department of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at Yale University is seeking applicants at the rank of Professor in the traditional (tenure) track. A senior biostatistician with leadership experience in multi-site randomized clinical trials is being sought to be the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center (CSPCC) at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, CT and also to be appointed as a coterminous senior faculty member in the Yale School of Public Health. Specifically, the Director of the CSPCC will be responsible for its administrative, fiscal and scientific oversight. The Center has a staff of more than 40 people, including biostatisticians, programmers, project managers, regulatory staff, quality managers and administrative personnel with an annual budget of approximately $20M. The Director will report directly to the national CSP Director in VA Central Office, Washington, DC regarding all CSP matters.

The CSPCC and the Department of Biostatistics have developed strong ties over the past few years. The Department has recently established a Data Coordinating Center through its Yale Center for Analytical Sciences. Therefore, it is expected that the successful candidate will create synergy between these two clinical trials coordinating centers and further develop the strong links that already exist between the VA and Yale.

Review of applications will commence on November 1, 2015 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified. Candidates must be U.S. citizens and should have a PhD in statistics, biostatistics, or a closely related field with a strong record of leadership and scholarship in clinical trials. Some teaching is expected for this position. Applicants are asked to prepare PDF files that contain a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, copies of up to five recent publications and contact information for three references.

For detailed application instructions go to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/5918.

Appl Deadline: (posted 2015/08/18, listed until 2016/02/18)

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(10/29/15) Academic General Internal Medicine Physician - Minneapolis, MN

The Minneapolis VA Health Care System seeks full-time academic general internists with quality improvement, implementation science, comparative effectiveness, or health services research expertise to join our new Quality, Safety, and Value Program, located within the section of General Internal Medicine. The Minneapolis VA is a major teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota and home to the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research (a VA Health Services Research Center of Innovation with 25 funded investigators), an AHRQ/VA funded Evidence-Synthesis Program, a Chief Resident for Quality and Safety (CRQS) program, and an established QI curriculum for trainees, including a dedicated Patient Safety Rotation. Successful candidates will be provided with substantial protected time for quality improvement, mentoring, and research or scholarship activities. Essential qualifications include excellent interpersonal communication, creative problem-solving skills, ability to work with multidisciplinary teams, and demonstrated expertise in quality/health care delivery improvement, implementation science, or health services research. Candidates should have advanced methodological training, such as that provided by a general internal medicine, quality improvement, or health services research fellowship, and should be BC/BE in Internal Medicine and eligible for an academic appointment in the University of Minnesota Department of Medicine. This position offers a competitive VA salary, performance pay, and an excellent benefits package. Send CV and letter of interest to Erin Krebs, MD, MPH at CCDOR (152), Minneapolis VAMC, 1 Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417 or erin.krebs@va.gov.

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(10/09/15) Lead Biostatistician - Philadelphia, PA

The Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), a VA HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN) and an affiliate of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine is seeking qualified applicants for the position of PhD level Biostatistician to become the Director of Biostatistics and Informatics Core for Philadelphia CHERP COIN, which is based at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Candidates for the position should have some experience designing and leading clinical research projects, including data management systems and operations, preparation and presentation of reports to data monitoring committees, and development and implementation of ongoing quality control procedures. They should be knowledgeable about statistical issues related to the design and analysis of clinical trials and other longitudinal studies, such as adaptive designs, methods for missing data, analytical procedures for causal inference, and statistical monitoring approaches. The incumbent will have a wide range of responsibilities in providing data management and statistical expertise.

Tasks and Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage, analyze and interpret data from administrative databases, surveys, and other data sources.
  • Plan data collection, analysis, and interpret numerical data; apply statistical methods to provide inferences and information for the fields of health services and statistics for development of research proposals, power and sample size calculations, and co-authoring manuscripts.
  • Conduct primary studies as well as secondary analysis of existing databases, including VA/non-VA medical system administrative databases, vital and health statistics, cross-sectional surveys, retrospective and prospective cohort studies, and case-control studies.
  • Evaluate the reliability of source information, adjust and weight raw data, and organize results into the format necessary for computer analysis.
  • Analyze and interpret statistics to point out significant differences between study samples and prepare conclusions and forecasts based on data summaries and analyses.

A summary of the activities of our Center of Innovation are available on our website: http://www.cherp.research.va.gov .

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in biostatistics preferred; background in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, or related area. Faculty appointment may be considered commensurate with applicant experience.
  • Excellent computer programming skills, especially with SAS or other statistical programs.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Must have ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in both written and spoken English.

CHERP and the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to:
Heather Johnson, Administrative Officer
Center of Innovation for Health Equity Research and Promotion
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center
3900 Woodland Avenue -- ANNEX
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Heather.johnson4@va.gov

Telephone: 215-823-5821
Fax: 215-222-2592

Please mention "Lead Biostatistician Position" in subject line of email.

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(08/24/15) Deputy Director - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Deputy Director, VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for Innovations (COIN) in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt).

The Deputy Director is responsible for the administration of the Center’s nationally-renowned health services research and health policy program with an extensive portfolio of more than 90 research projects, 35 core investigators, a budget of over $14 million, and a training program for both MD and PhD postdoctoral researchers. There are currently 16 HSR&D Merit reviewed projects, two HSR&D Career Development Awards (CDAs), 11 NIH R grants, and 44 other active grants. In the past decade, our work has contributed to 26 articles cited in nine IOM reports; 65 briefs and reports to the President, Congress, and VA Secretary; 47 articles cited in 23 clinical guidelines for patient care; and two articles cited in two US Centers for Disease Control-recommended programs. Our investigators include clinicians representing four different academic departments and PhD social scientists from disciplines such as human-factors engineering, industrial/organizational psychology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and economics. The Center also has a robust mentoring and career development curriculum as part of a formal health services research (HSR) educational program, overseen by the Education and Training Core. In the last 15 years, 65 CDAs have been funded (11 are current). In addition to our own HSR fellowships, we partner with other postdoctoral training programs to train PhDs and clinicians in HSR. At any given time, 10 to 14 fellows engaged in HSR reside at the Center. More details about the Center can be found at its website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov/.

The Deputy Director will maintain a close liaison with other research Centers and investigators. The successful candidate is expected to provide leadership in two major areas:

  • First, carry out his/her own independent, high quality, nationally funded research program in health services research and health policy, preferably within our mission and goals. If the incumbent is appointed through the academic affiliate at the level of Associate Professor or higher position, they must demonstrate evidence of research productivity, success in obtaining external grant funding, and skill in mentoring junior investigators and Fellows.
  • Second, provide administrative and research leadership that promotes the careers of young investigators and fosters the career promotion and satisfaction of mid and senior level researchers. In this capacity, the incumbent will be expected to oversee the structure and function of key aspects of the Center's administrative operations, including but not limited to assistance in making administrative decisions as to the appropriate staffing and allocation of Center resources to individual and collaborative projects and developing strategic plans for future research.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • MD or PhD.
  • Background and experience in health services research.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment.

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Please forward CV and letter of interest in confidence to:

Laura A. Petersen, MD, MPH, FACP
Director, HSR&D, Center of Innovation (COIN) in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center VAMC, HSR&D (152)
2002 Holcombe Blvd., Houston TX 77030

Apply online at:

MD: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/408957200 (OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, July 2, 2015 to Friday, July 1, 2016 )

PhD: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/408931800 (OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, July 2, 2015 to Friday, July 1, 2016)

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(06/24/15) Director, Center for Health Equity Research - Pittsburgh, PA

The Division of General Internal Medicine/Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh seeks a highly qualified MD or PhD investigator to lead a new cross-departmental, multidisciplinary Research Center focused on Health Equity. Candidates from a broad range of disciplines with distinguished track records in the field of health disparities research are encouraged to apply. Appointment will be at the Associate or Full Professor rank in the tenure stream. Position includes a competitive salary, substantial resources to support research infrastructure, and a commitment to recruit additional faculty researchers. This new institutional leader in Health Equity Research will establish formal affiliations and collaborations with existing University of Pittsburgh Divisions, Departments, Schools, and Centers, local health care systems (VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, UPMC), and affiliated research programs (VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Center for Health Equity in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, and RAND Health) that share our commitment to achieving health equity for a broad range of vulnerable populations. Interested candidates are encouraged to provide a letter of interest and CV in confidence to Michael J. Fine, MD, MSc (Search Committee Chair) at finemj@upmc.edu. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

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(05/11/15) Social Science Analyst (Data Knowledge and Data Quality) - Hines, IL

The VA Information Resource Center (VIReC), located at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in the Chicago area, is seeking a Social Science Analyst for its Data Knowledge and Data Quality program. VIReC's mission is to improve the quality of VA research that utilizes databases and information systems by developing and disseminating knowledge about databases of interest to VA researchers, assisting researchers who require information about data resources specific to their research, and representing the interests of researchers regarding VA database and information systems. More details about the Center can be found on our websites: http://vaww.virec.research.va.gov (VA Intranet only) or http://www.virec.research.va.gov.

The Social Science Analyst will serve as a Data Knowledge specialist and Senior Analyst, responsible for coordinating, producing, analyzing, documenting and disseminating information about VA databases. Duties include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Manages the day-to-day activities of specific Data Knowledge Programs that focus on research use of specific databases and/or research measurement constructs that rely on various specific data sources.
  • Contributes ideas and suggestions to all phases of data knowledge projects.
  • Conducts data management and statistical analysis using VA data.
  • Acts as a liaison to the research community regarding VA administrative, economic, and clinical databases.
  • Produces specific reports to address access, utilization, reliability, validity, availability and content of VA databases in order to assist health services researchers in making informed decisions regarding the use of the data for VA research projects.
  • Provides technical support to Center projects as a health services research consultant.

Candidates should have a degree (PhD preferred) in health services research, epidemiology, health economics or related social sciences, and advanced statistical training with significant data management and analysis experience using SAS, SQL and STATA. Candidates should have experience conducting statistical and econometric analyses of large databases. Candidates should have direct experience as an author on publications in peer-reviewed journals.

If interested, please send your resume/curriculum vitae and letter of interest to:
Maria Souden, PhD, VIReC Associate Director for Communications at Maria.souden@va.gov

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(05/11/15) Associate Director for Research - Hines, IL

The VA Information Resource Center (VIReC), located at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in the Chicago area, is seeking an Associate Director for Research. VIReC's mission is to improve the quality of VA research that utilizes databases and information systems by developing and disseminating knowledge about databases of interest to VA researchers, assisting researchers who require information about data resources specific to their research, and representing the interests of researchers regarding VA database and information systems. More details about the Center can be found on our websites: http://vaww.virec.research.va.gov (VA Intranet only) or http://www.virec.research.va.gov.

The Associate Director for Research oversees, promotes, and enhances the research resources and technical capabilities of VIReC. S/he is responsible for upholding VIReC's mission and identifying opportunities to support VA research in areas of priority, relevance and interest to the research community. S/he is also responsible for partnering with researchers and other data users on appropriate research and quality improvement opportunities.

As a Research Health Scientist at VIReC, the Associate Director is responsible for identifying, initiating, developing, conducting, and reporting on innovative projects using VA data. The Associate Director will also serve as a mentor and/or advisor to staff, in particular on technical and analytic data issues. S/he will foster growth and recognition of Center staff by contributing to educational opportunities, national meetings and conferences, and other relevant venues for growth and development.

Established investigators at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with a track record of publications in the areas of comparative effectiveness, clinical epidemiology or clinical trials are preferred. Candidates should have a doctorate in health services research, health informatics, economics, epidemiology, public health, or other health-related discipline plus 5 years relevant experience. Research experience working with large clinical or health care administrative databases, including SAS, STATA, and SQL data sets is required. Previous experience using the VA national databases for health services research is preferred. Management experience would also be advantageous.

If interested, please send your resume/curriculum vitae and letter of interest to:
Maria Souden, PhD, VIReC Associate Director for Communications at Maria.souden@va.gov

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(02/25/15) Research Scientist - Clinical Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt).

We are seeking MD or PhD candidates to conduct comparative effectiveness research in prevention, screening, diagnostics or treatments (including pharmacologic, behavioral, and other treatment strategies). Established investigators at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with a track record of publications in the areas of comparative effectiveness, clinical epidemiology or clinical trials are preferred. Candidates will be expected to conduct research for at least 75% of the time and a highly competitive start up package will be offered commensurate with experience and record of success.

IQuESt, located in the Texas Medical Center with 35,000 sq. ft. of contiguous office space, has a strong portfolio of federally funded, multidisciplinary research. It houses over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from either clinical and/or non-clinical disciplines, such as epidemiology, biostatistics, and psychometrics. Our research extends from patient experience, to clinical practice and outcomes of care, and to the development of health care policy. We have an established track record of supporting, mentoring and developing outstanding research leaders. Some faculty hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University.

A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Fellowship trained MD or PhD.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Contact:

Thomas P. Giordano, MD, MPH
Chief, Clinical Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Program
c/o Ms. Shannon Kenyon, Chief of Operations
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
shannon.kenyon@bcm.edu or Phone: 713-794-8677; Fax: 713-748-7359

Please reference "Comparative Effectiveness Investigator" in subject line.

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(02/25/15) Statistician - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Statistician based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt).

The incumbent will have a wide range of responsibilities in providing data management and statistical expertise.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Manage, analyze and interpret data from administrative databases, surveys, and other data sources.
  • Plan data collection, analysis, and interpret numerical data; apply statistical methods to provide inferences and information for the fields of health services and statistics for development of research proposals, power and sample size calculations, and co-authoring manuscripts.
  • Conduct primary studies as well as secondary analysis of existing databases, including VA/non-VA medical system administrative databases, vital and health statistics, crosssectional surveys, retrospective and prospective cohort studies, and case-control studies.
  • Evaluate the reliability of source information, adjust and weight raw data, and organize results into the format necessary for computer analysis.
  • Analyze and interpret statistics to point out significant differences between study samples and prepare conclusions and forecasts based on data summaries and analyses.

A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD degree preferred; background in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, or related area. Faculty appointment may be considered commensurate with applicant experience.
  • Excellent computer programming skills, especially with SAS or other statistical programs.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Must have ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in both written and spoken English.

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Contact:

Jessica Davila, PhD, Program Chief, Methodology & Statistics Core
c/o Ms. Shannon Kenyon, Chief of Operations
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
shannon.kenyon@bcm.edu or Phone: 713-794-8677; Fax: 713-748-8359

Please reference "Statistician Position" in subject line.

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(02/25/15) Statistical Analyst - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Statistical Analyst, based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt).

The incumbent will have a wide range of responsibilities in providing data management and statistical.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Manage data obtained from administrative databases, surveys, and other data sources.
  • Conduct analysis of existing data, including VA and non-VA medical system administrative databases, vital and health statistics, cross-sectional surveys, retrospective and prospective cohort studies, and case-control studies.
  • Format data as needed for statistical analysis.
  • Provides data summaries, analyses, and interprets results.
  • Prepares data tables for presentation.
  • Provides technical consultation to Research Investigators preparing grant applications, including but not limited to assistance with power and sample size calculations.

Required Qualifications:

  • M.S. degree with a background in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, or a related area.
  • Experience using SAS or other statistical program.
  • Must be a United States Citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills in both written and spoken English.
  • Excellent computer programming skills, especially with SAS programming.

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Contact:

Jessica Davila, PhD, Program Chief, Methodology & Statistics Core
c/o Ms. Shannon Kenyon, Chief of Operations
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
shannon.kenyon@bcm.edu or Phone: 713-794-8677; Fax 713-748-7359

Please reference "Statistical Analyst" in subject line.

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(12/07/14) Investigator - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Health Decision-Making & Communication Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for Innovations (COIN) in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt). Protected research time (75%) and a highly competitive start up package will be offered, commensurate with experience and record of success. A faculty appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor-level will be given based on experience and fit with appointment guidelines. The Center, in the Texas Medical Center, has over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from both clinical and non-clinical disciplines, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, and psychometrics. Some faculty, hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University. A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree (MD preferred).
  • Publications in communication sciences.
  • History of project funding.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Contact:

Richard L. Street, PhD
Chief, Health Decision-Making & Communication Program
c/o Shannon Kenyon
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Shannon.Kenyon@va.gov or Phone: 713-794-8677; Fax: 713-748-7359

Please reference "Health Decision-Making & Communication Investigator" in subject line.

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(12/07/14) Research Scientist - Behavioral Health and Implementation - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt). We are seeking established MD or PhD investigators at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. A track record of publications in the areas of behavioral health, rural mental health, tele-mental health and geriatric mental health are preferred. Candidates will be expected to conduct research for at least 75% of the time and a highly competitive start up package will be offered commensurate with experience and record of success. IQuESt, located in the Texas Medical Center with 35,000 sq. ft. of contiguous office space, has a strong portfolio of federally funded, multidisciplinary research. It houses over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from either clinical and/or non-clinical disciplines, such as epidemiology, biostatistics, and psychometrics. Our research extends from patient experience, to clinical practice and outcomes of care, and to the development of health care policy. We have an established track record of supporting, mentoring and developing outstanding research leaders. Some faculty, hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University. A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Fellowship trained MD or PhD.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Contact:

Mark E. Kunik, MD, MPH
Chief, Behavioral Health and Implementation Program
c/o Shannon Kenyon
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Shannon.Kenyon@va.gov or Phone: 713-794-8677; Fax: 713-748-7359

Please reference "Behavioral Health Investigator" in subject line.

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(12/07/14) Research Scientist - Health Policy, Quality and Informatics - Houston, TX

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt). We are seeking MD or PhD candidates to conduct research on the use of electronic health records (EHRs), health information technology and patient safety improvement. Established investigators at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with a track record of publications in the areas of health informatics and patient safety are preferred. Candidates will be expected to conduct research for at least 75% of the time and a highly competitive start up package will be offered commensurate with experience and record of success.

IQuESt, located in the Texas Medical Center with 35,000 sq. ft. of contiguous office space, has a strong portfolio of federally funded, multidisciplinary research. It houses over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from either clinical and/or non-clinical disciplines, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, and psychometrics. Our research extends from patient experience, to clinical practice and outcomes of care, and to the development of health care policy. We have an established track record of supporting, mentoring and developing outstanding research leaders. Some faculty, hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University. A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website: http://www.houston.hsrd.research.va.gov.

Required Qualifications:

  • Fellowship trained MD or MD/PhD.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.

Contact:

Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH
Chief, Health Policy, Quality and Informatics Program
c/o Shannon Kenyon
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021
Shannon.Kenyon@va.gov or Phone: 713-794-8677; Fax: 713-748-7359

Please reference "Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Investigator" in subject line.

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(12/06/14) Associate Director / Professor, Associate Professor, Research Professor, or Research Associate Professor - Seattle, WA

The Seattle Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Innovation (COIN) (www.pugetsound.hsrd.research.va.gov), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of Washington (UW) (http://depts.washington.edu/hserv) are jointly searching for an Associate Director of the Seattle Division of the HSR&D COIN and a Professor, Associate Professor, Research Professor, or Research Associate Professor (without tenure) in the Department of Health Services to pursue health services research at the VA in Seattle.

The multi-institutional HSR&D COIN Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care is located in Seattle WA and Denver CO. The Associate Director for the Seattle Division is responsible, with the Seattle and Denver Co-Directors and the Denver Associate Director, for the administration of a nationally-renowned health services research program with an extensive portfolio of more than 100 research projects, 35 core investigators, an annual budget of $20 million, over 100 publications per year, and a training program for both MD and PhD postdoctoral researchers. The Center’s mission is to conduct health services research that promotes Veteran-centered, value-driven care, generate and disseminate knowledge that contributes to the well-being of Veterans, and work with VA policy and operational leaders to implement research findings into clinical care. The Center focuses on Veterans with complex chronic conditions with emphasis on:

  • Improving patient-centered care by targeting self-management across community and healthcare settings, palliative care, and the healthcare system.
  • Identifying high value modes of delivering care, comparative effectiveness research, and methods of quantifying value.
  • Emerging areas, including preventive screening and novel models of specialty care delivery.

Details about the Center can be found at its website: http://www.pugetsound.hsrd.research.va.gov/.

The Associate Director is expected to have a demonstrated track record of leadership, as well as his/her own independent, nationally funded research program in health services research. The Associate Director is expected to be a leader who fosters the careers of young investigators and supports the career promotion and satisfaction of mid and senior level researchers, as well as provides administrative direction to all investigators. The Associate Director will serve as a close liaison with other intra- and extramurally-funded investigators and research centers, as well as the VA’s academic affiliate, the UW, and will work closely with the Center Director in fulfilling the Center’s mission. The selected candidate would hold a joint appointment as faculty at the Associate or Full Professor level within the appropriate UW School (e.g. UW Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacy) depending upon qualifications of the selected candidate. Faculty positions will not be tenured due to funding. Candidates for this position should hold either the MD or PhD degree, have a record of successful, extramurally-funded research, a strong background in the management of health services research, and have U.S. citizen status. UW faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

The VA Puget Sound Health Care System and UW are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers. The University of Washington is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered Veterans. The School of Public Health is committed to a diverse academic community. We view diversity as essential to our mission. For more information please see the following website: http://www.washington.edu/diversity/.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of inquiry and CV directly to: Jason A. Dominitz, MD/ Associate Director HSR&D COIN Search Committee Chair /VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Mailstop 111-S-Gastro, 1660 S. Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108. or by email to James.Wilson8@va.gov

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Fellowships

(02/01/16) VA/Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program - Nationwide

VA has an agreement to include VA-nominated Fellows as a participation 'track' in The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program, which began in 2013. The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program, sponsored by The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation is a unique opportunity for professionals in health and aging to receive the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans.

The year-long program has offered Fellows the opportunity to participate in a residential track or a non-residential track. The 'VA track' allows a Fellow to remain based at their local VA institution but work on a policy project that may involve brief placement(s) throughout the year at relevant sites. This VA Track has some unique features but largely will mirror the overall program. Core program components focusing on career development and professional enrichment are provided for Fellows in all program tracks.

The deadline for determination of eligibility to participate in the program is April 1, 2016. The deadline for submission of complete application is April 15, 2016.

See 2016 VA Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program: Call for Applicants for complete details.

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(11/23/15) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Implementation Science - Worcester, MA

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is accepting applications for post-doctoral training in implementation science. PRACCTIS (Prevention and Control of Cancer: Training in Implementation Science) is a full-time NCI-funded post-doctoral fellowship training program designed to provide the next generation of cancer prevention and control researchers with the knowledge and skill sets to eliminate gaps in translation of research to practice along the cancer continuum. This includes primary prevention (e.g. obesity, diet, physical activity, tobacco, sun exposure), cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. This 2-3 year program includes didactic training in implementation science and mentored research opportunities in collaboration with clinical, public health and community practice-based organizations. This program is co-led by Stephenie Lemon, Ph.D. and Tom Houston, MD, MPH. Interested candidates can learn more at www.umassmed.edu/pracctis or by contacting Stephenie Lemon at pracctis@umassmed.edu.

Applications due February 15, 2016. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

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(10/02/15) Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health for Associated Health Professionals - Pittsburgh, PA

Overview: The Women's Health (WH) Fellowship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is recruiting associated health professionals for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship program. The goal of the program is to cultivate women's health research professionals to develop careers that will contribute to the VA's core missions of: 1) delivering high quality gender specific care to women veterans, 2) educating the next generation of providers to provide this same high quality of care and, 3) evaluating both the delivery and quality of care for women veterans.

Program Description: This interdisciplinary program aims to train associated health professionals for an academic research career with a focus on women's health. Individualized, mentored research and clinical training is combined with a curriculum that emphasizes research methods, statistics, epidemiology, quality improvement methods, education, and service delivery. Mentoring involves a VA-based investigator and (as appropriate) a co-mentor from our academic affiliate, the University of Pittsburgh. All Fellows, regardless of discipline, will be expected to: 1) have a clinical presence of at least 25% in the VA Pittsburgh Women's Health Center, if appropriate 2) attend and participate in the weekly WH Seminar series and the twice yearly VA WH Update; and 3) attend (with mentor) and present at the Interdisciplinary Fellowship Seminar where progress in meeting goals is reviewed and feedback is given by the Fellowship Advisory Committee. Fellows must be U.S. citizens.

How to Apply: Interested associated health professionals who meet the eligibility requirements should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to

Megan Houlihan, MPPM (mmh67@pitt.edu). The cover letter should specify the reasons for your interest in this particular fellowship training program, a brief overview of your previous clinical and research experiences, and how you see this program promoting your professional and career goals.

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(07/15/15) Pharmaceutical Health Services Research Fellowship - Pittsburgh, PA

CHERP at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is currently recruiting clinician-researchers and post-doctoral trainees for its Advanced Fellowship in HSR. Applicants may include non-clinician researchers who have completed their doctoral degree, as well as physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists and other post-doctoral clinicians. The curriculum of the Advanced Fellowship is designed to produce highly competent junior health services research investigators who generate innovative research that advances the quality and equity of health and health care within and beyond the VA. Focus areas of CHERP investigators and fellowship training include: (1) improving the quality and equity of health and health care for vulnerable populations; (2) improving the effectiveness, safety, and value of medications and other clinical therapeutics; and/or (3) applying behavioral economics to improve health and health care.

As a two-site VA HSR&D Center of Innovation co-located in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, CHERP offers distinctive breadth of opportunity for fellows. The Pittsburgh site is actively recruiting applicants with interests and graduate-level training in pharmaceutical policy, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, and/or pharmaceutical outcomes research. Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with multiple CHERP investigators and national VA operational partners on ongoing large database studies addressing topics such as dual use of VA and non-VA prescription drug benefits, safety of opioid prescribing, provision of high cost pharmaceuticals (hepatitis C, oncology drugs, biologics), and quality of prescribing for vulnerable Veteran groups, such as those with dementia and/or limited life expectancy. The ideal candidate will have experience in conducting secondary data analyses using SAS, Stata, R, or other similar packages.

The CHERP training program is co-directed by Galen Switzer, PhD in Pittsburgh and Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD in Philadelphia. They are supported by Associate Directors Michael Fine, MD, MSc (CHERP Director) and Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH (CHERP Co-Director). All four are national leaders in multidisciplinary HSR and accomplished mentors. Key faculty mentors for applicants with interests in pharmaceutical health services research in Pittsburgh include CHERP Core Investigators Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, Carolyn Thorpe, PhD, MPH, and Joshua Thorpe, PhD, MPH, as well as C. Bernie Good, MD, MPH, Co-Director of the VA Center for Medication Safety and Chair of the Medical Advisory Panel for VA Pharmacy Benefits Management. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their own research projects using data and resources available within CHERP and through our operational partners.

Fellows receive an annual stipend, health insurance, and limited support for training and research activities. There are no teaching, service, or payback requirements. Fellows will engage in scholarly projects of their own design under the guidance of senior program faculty. They will have opportunities to enroll in and/or audit Masters’ level courses and/or certificate programs and to serve as Teaching Assistants at the University of Pittsburgh. These fellowship positions are supported by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations.

Fellows must be US citizens and have obtained a PhD, medical degree (MD), or other professional doctoral degree. Applicants should send a CV, a letter detailing their proposed training and research program, and three letters of reference to Mary Walsh at mary.walsh3@va.gov.

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(07/15/15) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research - Pittsburgh, PA

CHERP is a VA HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN) co-located at the VA Medical Centers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania. Our primary research focus is on detecting, understanding, and reducing disparities in health and health care among a broad range of vulnerable populations. We also support two additional research foci designed to: (1) improve the effectiveness, safety, and value of clinical therapeutics (i.e., medications, procedures); and (2) apply the principles and techniques of behavioral economics to improve the health and health care of Veterans and other populations. Our post-doctoral training program encompasses these three focus areas.

CHERP's 2-year post-doctoral training program is designed to provide fellows with: (1) advanced interprofessional training in health services research, implementation science, and health system quality improvement; (2) mentored research experiences leading to peer-reviewed publications; and (3) competency in interprofessional collaboration. Didactic and experiential training plans are tailored to the interests and needs of selected fellows. Ultimately, our program aims to prepare fellows to become national leaders in health services research and health care improvement.

The training program is co-directed by Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD and Galen Switzer, PhD in collaboration with Associate Directors Michael Fine, MD, MSc and Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH. Selected fellows will be mentored by these program leaders and other CHERP faculty who have broad expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methodology (e.g., clinical trial development, QI, large database analysis, pharmacoeconomics, psychometrics, econometrics, decision and cost-effectiveness analysis, meta-analysis, technology assessment, and implementation science).

Fellows receive an annual stipend, health insurance, and limited support for training and research activities. There are no teaching, service, or payback requirements. Fellows will engage in scholarly projects of their own design under the guidance of senior program faculty. They will have opportunities to enroll in and/or audit Masters' level courses and/or certificate programs and to serve as Teaching Assistants at the University of Pennsylvania or the University of Pittsburgh. These fellowship positions are supported by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations.

Fellows must be US citizens and have obtained a PhD, medical degree (MD), or other professional doctoral degree. Physicians and other clinical and non-clinical professionals are encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a CV, a letter detailing their proposed training and research program, and three letters of reference to Heather Johnson (Philadelphia) at Heather.Johnson4@va.gov or Mary Walsh (Pittsburgh) at Mary.Walsh3@va.gov.

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(01/23/15) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research - Los Angeles, CA

The Los Angeles Area Health Services Research Training Program postdoctoral fellowship is a joint initiative of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, RAND Health, The USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, and the VA Los Angeles Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implemen-tation and Policy. It is supported by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The program provides comprehensive training and experience to highly-qualified postdoctoral trainees so that they may effectively engage in and lead research and implemen-tation activities aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of the U.S. health care system.

Drawing on the expertise of faculty and researchers at the four institutions – over three dozen of whom have agreed to be mentors – the program invites applicants interested in pursuing research in: health systems change including study of system innovations and care outside the clinic; managed care and the design and impact of hospital, physician and bundled payment systems; implementation science; patient, provider, and organizational decision-making; health outcomes measurement and comparative effectiveness analysis; patient-centered care; and health equity, access and quality of care for priority populations such as racial and ethnic minorities, low income populations and patients with high expense chronic illnesses such as HIV. Research within a comparative international framework is also invited.

To be eligible to receive a postdoctoral award, the prospective candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and have obtained a Ph.D., medical degree, or other professional doctoral degree. Awards will last two years. The fellowship provides a stipend, health insurance, and travel money to attend professional meetings. Postdoctoral fellows also have the option of pursuing a Masters degree in the UCLA Department of Health Policy and Management, and most tuition and fees are covered during the fellowship.

The program is especially interested in attracting a diverse group of trainees, including those from underrepresented minority groups.

We are accepting applications throughout 2014 - 2016.

Questions: Contact Yayoi Roth: ysroth@ph.ucla.edu

Apply at: http://hpm.ph.ucla.edu/academics/programs/ucla-rand-post-doctoral-program

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(12/03/14) Post-Doctoral Health Services Research Fellowship Opportunity - Providence, RI

Unique interdisciplinary fellowship training opportunities in Health Services Research are available in Providence Veterans Affairs' Center of Innovation (COIN) for Long-Term Services and Support (LTSS) for Vulnerable Veterans.

Funded by the Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) service of the Department of Veterans Affairs, our Center's vision is to stimulate and develop partnered health services research that will enhance access, quality and value of LTSS for Veterans with medical and/or psychosocial vulnerabilities and facilitate the implementation of programs to support the mission of VA's GEC service in maximizing Veterans' social participation and quality of life in the least restrictive setting possible. The primary goal of the COIN-LTSS is to advance the science in LTSS for Veteran and other populations with medical and/or psychosocial vulnerabilities.

Our program aims to train both physician and non-physician researchers to become successful independent investigators in health services research and health system improvement, to give trainees didactic as well as "hands-on" supervised experience in health services research, and to teach health services research methods as well as content material relevant to gerontology, long term care, and chronic disease management. Post-doctoral fellows will have the opportunity to participate in on-going research in one or more substantive areas, including chronic disease management, long-term care, quality of care, community-based systems of care, organization of health care delivery, health care disparities, and methodological approaches to comparative effectiveness research. We have a robust mentoring program to promote the career development of our fellowship trainees.

Located at the Providence VA Medical Center in Rhode Island, the COIN-LTSS works closely with its partners, the Geriatrics and Extended Care Service (GEC), the GEC Data & Analysis Center (GEC DAC) and the Brown University Center for Gerontology & Healthcare Research. Many of our faculty hold joint appointments with Brown University and are nationally and internationally renowned for their work in health services research and policy.

The COIN-LTSS Fellowship program welcomes applications from those with a previous doctoral degree, such as a PhD or MD. The position requirements for a post-doctoral fellowship are: MD and continuation of basic clinical training, or PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in health services research, sociology, epidemiology, economics or other related field. Term of appointment is for one year, renewable contingent upon funding.

For more information, please contact Deb D'Allesandro 401-273-7100 ext. 6238 or Debra.D'Allesandro@va.gov.

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