Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


New Brunswick, New Jersey

Date Posted

May 1, 2024

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Description: Full-time, postdoctoral 2-3-year mentored research program in primary care research with appointment as National Health Services Award (NRSA) Fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS). We accept clinicians (e.g., physicians, nurses, psychologists) and non-clinicians (e.g., social scientists, public health professionals, and others with doctoral degrees).

Fellows will work closely with clinical and social science faculty with active primary care research programs from the following Schools, Centers, Departments, and Divisions of Rutgers Health:

  • Graduate School of Biomedical Science
  • Child Health Institute of New Jersey
  • Institute for Health, Health Policy, and Aging Research.
  • Rutgers School of Public Health, and

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

    • Department of Pediatrics – Division of Population Health, Quality, & Implementation Sciences (PopQuIS), which is the home of primary care and adolescent medicine
    • Department of Family Medicine and Community Health – Research Division;
    • Department of Medicine – Division of General Internal Medicine)

Diverse paths, one mission:  Primary care research informs a wide range of issues related to primary care practice and policy, including quality, cost, and outcomes; patient-clinician and generalist-specialist communication; workforce; and access to care/services, including disparities.  It may involve the study of social determinants of health, the organization and practice of health care, and other attributes of policy or health care coordination and delivery.

Priority areas include (1) Pediatrics and Maternal and Child Health, (2) Quality (3) Implementation Science, (4) Health Equity, (5) Prevention and Population Science, (6) COVID-19, (7) Tobacco Control (8) Health Policy.

Leadership Committee Includes:

  • Lawrence Kleinman, MD, MPH, TraP PCR Fellowship Director; Division Chief, Population Health, Quality, & Implementation Sciences, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health Institute of NJ
  • Michael Steinberg, MD, MPH, Division Chief, General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine; Medical Director, Center for Tobacco Studies
  • Shawna Hudson, PhD, Research Division Chief, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; co-lead, NJ Alliance for Clinical & Translational Science (NJ ACTS) Community Engagement Core
  • Joel Cantor, ScD, Director, Center for State Health Policy (Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, & Aging Research); Edward Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy
  • Leslie Kantor, PhD, MPH, Professor & Chair, Department of Global-Urban Public Health, Rutgers School of Public Health
  • Nancy Reichman, PhD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics; co-lead, NJ ACTS Team Science Core
  • Daniel B. Horton, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, founding core faculty of the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Treatment Science (PETS), Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research (IFH)





The Program

  • Training in critical thinking, research methods, data analysis, research communication and dissemination
  • Transdisciplinary curriculum in leadership, team building, and research
  • Mentored career development with highly-engaged diverse and multidisciplinary program faculty
  • Mentored research projects related to the program’s priority areas
  • Individualized program of graduate coursework; potential to earn a master’s degree for some fellows
  • Methods-focused journal club and works-in-progress seminars,
  • Leadership book club
  • Practical instruction in grant writing, career development, and funding strategies
  • Contribute to and learn from a dynamic and interdisciplinary cohort of leaders in primary care research




Who should apply?  We welcome physicians (e.g., pediatricians, internists, family physicians) and other postdoctoral researchers with clinical and non-clinical doctorates who seek a mentored opportunity to develop a career related to primary care research.  We are looking to launch the careers of the next generation leaders in health services and health policy research that is relevant primary care research.  Candidates who are physicians should be general or hospitalist pediatricians, internists, obstetricians, or family physicians or otherwise work in primary care. We seek to recruit a diverse and synergistic cohort that will support team learning and collaboration.


Application Process


How to Apply: Send current CV with cover letter and 1-2-page personal statement including research interests, experience, and goals for this fellowship. Please provide names & contact information for 3 references, which are required before appointment can be finalized. We particularly encourage applicants from historically underrepresented racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Apply via email to Dr. Kleinman or Sandee Moroso-Fela at

About the Organization


An Institution Poised for Leadership:
Rutgers University was founded in 1766. RBHS was formed nearly 250 years later when Rutgers absorbed the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ in the merger. Under the leadership of Brian Strom, a primary care internist, RBHS is emerging as a national leader rooted deeply in its communities. RWJMS has a long tradition of providing clinical service and primary care. The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health has been at Rutgers vanguard in terms of primary care scholarship. Internal Medicine has a long tradition of generalist scholarship within narrower bands. Rutgers and RBHS offer a large and growing suite of opportunities for postdoctoral fellows that we will encourage our fellows to take advantage of and only touch briefly upon.

RBHS’ Approach:
Committed to a mission of excellence in biomedical and health care education, research, and patientcare, RBHS draws on insights from laboratory sciences and the clinical, behavioral, public health, and social sciences to train the next generation of health care providers and researchers and improve access to quality care.


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Sandee Moroso-Fela

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