Health Services Research Postdoctoral M.D. Fellowship - Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
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Health Services Research Postdoctoral M.D. Fellowship

Dear Applicant,

Welcome to the Houston VA M.D. Health Services Research (HSR) Fellowship Program website. IQuESt has a national reputation for excellence in HSR. Scientists at IQuESt span a wide range of clinical and non-clinical specialties, influence national health policy, are successful in securing extramural funding, and publish in the most influential scientific journals.

A particular source of pride for IQuESt is our successful track record in training exceptional HSR scientists. Our fellowship program recruits individuals who want to pursue interdisciplinary team-based research and academic careers. Each incoming fellow is provided with a wide variety of research and training opportunities that are tailored to her/his needs.

Our goal is to provide our fellows with effective scientific and career development training as a foundation for a successful academic career in HSR. We accomplish this by immersing fellows in a milieu in which scientists with a broad variety of interests and backgrounds come together to share ideas and provide one-on-one mentoring of junior physician-scientists. At the core of the fellowship program are an individualized structured career development program and integration of each fellow into his primary mentor's research group, the community of fellows and IQuESt at large.

At the beginning of the fellowship, our fellows and their mentoring teams complete a needs assessment, develop a mentoring plan, and agree on measurable benchmarks designed to systematically further career advancement. Through integration in their primary mentors' research groups, fellows have the opportunity to advance their own research agenda and develop collaborative team skills that are foundational to a career in HSR. In addition, fellows are encouraged to collaborate with IQuESt investigators on projects that are aligned with their own research agenda.

During the fellowship, core research development is enhanced by structured activities that promote interdisciplinary team building, fellowship spirit, scientific knowledge, research skills, and career development. In addition, we encourage and facilitate fellows to take advantage of the academic resources available at partner institutions in the Texas Medical Center. We specifically encourage fellows to seek formal master's level training in the disciplines foundational to HSR. A variety of degree programs are available throughout the Texas Medical Center.

Our program is as diverse as the many applicants who come to interview at the Houston VA M.D. HSR Fellowship Program. I encourage you to explore our website and learn about the many opportunities that our fellowship program offers. I am happy to answer any questions that you may have, and look forward to meeting you.

Program Overview

The fellowship provides two years of dedicated HSR experience and training with 75% protected effort for research and education opportunities and 25% in clinical care at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. An appropriate research mentor from among the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety faculty will be identified prior to acceptance in the program. Primary mentors along with other faculty, who may be outside IQuESt (when appropriate), will guide fellows during the course of their fellowship. Graduates of the fellowship are expected to obtain careers developing and conducting HSR, establishing innovative health services programs within care systems, or directing health policy for public or private health systems or governmental bodies.

Candidates accepted into the M.D. Fellowship will have the opportunity to apply for the Clinical Scholars Training Program (CSTP) at Baylor College of Medicine, which offers a Master's degree in Clinical Investigation.

How to Apply

Eligible candidates for M.D. program:

  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens (permanent residents are ineligible)
  • Must be U.S. board eligible (any specialty)
  • Cannot participate in any other fellowship concurrently
  • Must have completed clinical training prior to entering the fellowship program
  • A full medical license is highly recommended (or currently applying for a license)

Salaries for M.D. fellows are consistent with PGY status and include health insurance.

To apply, please provide the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research interests and career plans
  • Three letters of reference
  • Writing sample (e.g. first author publication, chapter from dissertation, job market paper)

Electronic documents are acceptable.

Following review of these materials, selected applicants will participate in a one-day interview process that includes a presentation of their current research work. At such time you will need to bring an official transcript and a writing sample (a publication or a manuscript in submission or preparation).

Please send all information to:

Education Program Coordinator

Deadline: December 1

All application materials must be received no later than December 1 to be considered for the following fall.

For More Information

To request more information, contact Education Program Coordinator.

The Department of Veterans Affairs and Baylor College of Medicine are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employers and hire only individuals authorized to work in the U.S.