Post-Doctoral Training in Pediatric Primary Care, Quality Improvement in Primary Care, and Health Disparities
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Primary care must be transformed to fulfill its potential to maximize the health of children. Primary care researchers are uniquely positioned to do just this, and should be at the forefront of translating scientific discoveries into practice and faithfully scaling up effective practices to improve health and reduce disparities.
Ongoing changes in the health care system and persistent racial and ethnic disparities in health status underscore the need for highly skilled primary care and family health services research faculty who can succeed in an academic environment.
Full-time fellowship training is the most successful model for building primary care researchers because it allows for dedicated time to develop the skills needed for a successful research career. A research-oriented fellowship can prepare individuals to: obtain essential research and leadership training; become active lifelong learners; collaborate with and mentor clinical, research and community faculty; and, ultimately, move into positions of leadership.
Our program provides training in primary care research and family health services research. The program is funded by institutional National Research Service Awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Program goals are to:
- Attract highly qualified candidates who intend to build academic careers focusing on medically underserved populations and high risk groups;
- Assure fellows’ acquisition of core competencies to be independent primary care and/or family health services researchers whose work is grounded in and influences health care policy, organization, quality and outcomes; and
- Guide trainees to post-fellowship positions that foster their continued professional growth and the influence of their work in shaping health care and in training the next generations of researchers focused on improving the health of urban, underserved families.
Physicians without a graduate degree in public health or a related field complete a 3-year program; individuals with a doctoral-level research degree complete a 2-year program. Training and research are tied to local, state and national initiatives to eliminate health disparities and improve health in underserved communities.
Program learning activities are well-integrated and are individualized to meet each trainee’s needs and interests.
Learning activities include:
- Intensive mentoring using individualized learning plans and portfolios of accomplishments.
- Formal coursework building on previous training and, for physician trainees, leading to a Master’s degree at the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health or a Certificate in the Science of Clinical Investigation.
- Mentored quality improvement project in partnership with a community pediatric practice.
- Seminars and networking arrangements developed specifically for our trainees.
- Development, conduct and dissemination of at least two studies, including primary data collection and secondary data analysis. Both studies should integrate research with education, advocacy and leadership.
- Participation in national, regional and local professional meetings.
A diverse faculty with an exceptional portfolio of extramurally funded research provides training. Within Hopkins, our program collaborates formally with research centers, institutes and training programs in the School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. We have a special relationship as well with the University of Maryland, Department of Family Medicine. Beyond this, our training environment benefits from strong partnerships at the local, state and national levels.
Minimum requirements for fellowship applicants include:
- satisfactory completion of an ACGME-accredited pediatric residency program (completion of a family medicine or medicine-pediatrics residency may be considered; please contact the program director)
- graduation from a PhD program in a related discipline (such as psychology, public health)
- federal guidelines require that all individuals entering our fellowship program have permanent residency in the United States by way of U.S. citizenship or a permanent immigrant status/green card
Satisfactory completion of an ACGME-accredited pediatric residency program (completion of a family medicine or medicine-pediatrics residency may be considered; please contact the program directors)