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HSR&D CDA Resource Toolkit

The CDA Toolkit is created by CIDER and the CDA Enhancement Initiatives team, with support from VA HSR&D Service, to help members of the CDA community be more involved and effective in their respective roles. This virtual resource center provides helpful information on fostering great mentorships and enriching the CDA experience. In order to build collegiality, the CDA Toolkit will also serve as place for HSR&D CDA program updates and special announcements.

Tools for Mentors

Resources for mentors to nurture a successful mentorship and effectively communicate with their mentees.

UNM HSC Faculty Mentor Development Program - The School of Medicine, Office of Academic Affairs at the University of New Mexico, invites you to explore and participate in the UNM HSC Faculty Mentor Development Program for training mentors engaged in scholarship. The online program is available at: where you can access 8 training 1-hour learning opportunities.

Tools for Mentees

Strategies and resources for CDA Awardees to succeed as mentees and health science services researchers.

Tools for Prospective CDAs

Orientation to the CDA Program Webinar Series

IMPORTANT: Please note that these are 2008 applications. Format and instruction may have changed. Please refer back to the HSR&D website for the most current application.

CDA Cyberseminars

Webinars designed to further strengthen the community of scholarship among HSR&D Career Development Awardees, aspiring CDAs, alumni, and mentors.

See also: Orientation to the CDA Program Series, COVID-19 related presentations from the CDA Cyberseminar Series

Mentor Spotlight

Francesca Cunningham, Pharm D.

Francesca Cunningham, Pharm.D. is the Director of the Center for Medication Safety, Associate Chief Consultant and Program Director of Outcomes Assessment at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pharmacy Benefits Management Services (PBM). Dr. Cunningham was the driving force behind the successful effort of PBM to establish reliable methods for merging the VA prescription database with other large VA-related databases in order to evaluate the safe and appropriate use of medications in the veteran population. Her focus has been on assessing new agents where safety data is lacking (postmarketing surveillance) and older drugs when a newly emerging danger requires evaluation. Dr. Cunningham designed the VAMedSAFE and PBM Drug Safety Quality Improvement (QI) program. Under her direction the program has become a comprehensive pharmacovigilance program and a major tool in the evaluation of drug safety in the VA and its role in the formulary decision process. Dr. Cunningham’s group has worked independently and with other researchers to perform several drug safety and pharmaco-epidemiologic studies. She sits on several internal and external Boards and committees that focus on patient safety with an emphasis on pharmacovigilance and post-marketing surveillance including the committee for the FDA monitoring, Sentinel Initiative.... Read more

View: Next Mentor | National Mentoring Network

News Corner

Congratulations to our CDAs on their recent publications.


Online resources on various topics such as career development, mentoring training, work/life balance, conducting research, and more.

Additional Resources

Recruiting women for new HSR&D grant proposals

Partnered Research: Multilevel Interventions in Health Care Conference: Presentation by Elizabeth Yano, PhD (Download the slides from this presentation)

Managing Your VA Research Career by Morris Weinberger, PhD

Veteran Engagement by JoAnn Kirchner, MD, et al.

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