Health Services and Quality of Care Research Fellowship
Curriculum

The objectives of the Health Services and Quality of Care Research Fellowship include:

  • Fellows engage in mentored research activities. Each fellow is expected to complete at least two research projects within two years. The fellow will meet with one of the two fellowship directors (Drs. Lion and Desai) routinely throughout their training. The fellowship director will also help the fellow identify other possible mentors with compatible interests early in the first year of the fellowship, selecting from faculty in all Divisions of the Department of Pediatrics. The fellowship director and chosen mentors assist fellows with the selection of research projects to complete during their training.
  • Fellows are expected to independently complete a series of QI Research Methods readings on eight different QI research topics supplied in a syllabus at the beginning of their training. Topics include QI research methods such as interrupted time series analysis, cost-effective analysis, and stepped wedge designs. These articles are discussed with one of the fellowship directors early in their training to help orient them to methods they might utilize for their research projects.
  • Fellows present their scholarly progress at “Works-In-Progress” seminars ~2-3 times a year.
  • Fellows participate in training activities with other pediatric fellows in the Department of Pediatrics who have a clinical and/or health services research focus.
  • Fellows enroll in the MS or MPH program at the UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine. The MS/MPH program ensures that they receive excellent training in the basic methods of health services research, with a focus on biostatistics, epidemiology and research study design. They also have opportunities to immerse themselves in specialized fields of study as these pertain to their research interests, such as health policy, health economics, prevention science and qualitative methods. All interested applicants should simultaneously apply to the School of Public Health if interested in this fellowship. For more information see: http://sph.washington.edu/prospective/.
  • Ongoing regular evaluation of fellow progress is accomplished through learning contracts. Fellows draft learning contracts and revise them quarterly, as a means of setting goals and objectives and tracking their progress. Each fellow has a Scholarship Oversight Committee made up of 2-3 faculty mentors in addition to their assigned fellowship director. This committee will assess their progress, provide advice on coursework and projects, and assist with future career planning.
  • Fellows participate in research seminars hosted by the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, as appropriate.
  • Fellows have office space at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute in order to be co-located with other junior faculty and in close proximity to other senior health services research mentors.
  • Fellows are required to attend the annual Academic Pediatric Association sponsored QI Research Methods Conference the day prior to the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting each year of fellowship. Travel costs are covered by the fellowship program.