Organization

ACCORDS at CU Anschutz, School of Medicine

Location

Aurora, Colorado

Date Posted

November 16, 2021

Job Categories

Fellowship

The ACCORDS Primary Care Research Fellowship is recruiting new fellows to start in July 2022. This post-doctoral fellowship is administered by ACCORDS (Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and affiliated institutions Kaiser Permanente of Colorado and Denver Health, and led by leading faculty and experts in family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. The new fellowship is funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration as a T32, and typically supports 2-3 years of training post-doctoral professionals to become primary care research leaders addressing the nation’s primary care health delivery challenges.

The fellowship requires an 80% FTE commitment and includes a salary stipend, travel funds, equipment and research expenses, and tuition funds for trainees, and is best suited for candidates who have recently finished residency and aiming for research-centered careers.

Requirements

  • Must be a physician (MD or DO), DDS, DMD, PharmD, or doctorally-trained non-physician (PhD or equivalent).
  • Per HRSA, the individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment.
  • Must want to pursue an academic career with a focus on research related to optimizing primary care.
  • Must not have any current or prior funding as a principal investigator at the R01 level or equivalent.
  • Must not have been previously funded by a T32 fellowship grant
  • Must agree to devote at least 75% of time to research training during fellowship training; clinicians may pursue clinical work related to their research for 25% of their time.  Trainees who leave the fellowship prior to two years of training may be subject to a payback agreement with HRSA.

Prior experience in clinical research including training in epidemiology, biostatistics, and research design is preferred.

Early submission of materials is encouraged, as we may choose to take candidates on a rolling basis. Final decisions will be made by January 1, 2022.

For more information and application procedures please go to:  http://bit.ly/ACCORDSFellowship

Responsibilities

The Fellowship is built upon the extensive mentorship experience of Dr. Allison Kempe (Director) and the mentorship team, a curriculum developed over many years of successfully training primary care researchers, and strong methodological expertise in 5 key proposed areas of emphasis:

  1. Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Science
  2. Economic analysis to assess value-based care
  3. Community-based participatory research (CBPR)
  4. Health equity
  5. Mixed methods/qualitative methods

Trainees will benefit from the breadth of primary care research settings including practice-based research networks (PBRNs), an academic center (CU-AMC), an integrated delivery system (KPCO), and a nationally renowned safety net system (DH). In these varied settings, trainees will develop the skills needed to conduct innovative research that improves the quality of primary care delivery.

ACCORDS will train eight fellows over five years, with the majority completing in two years, but with the option for a third year for some. Trainees will be able to get a Master’s degree and/or a certificate in D&I Science, completing mini-courses to supplement their coursework in the areas of emphasis as well as a career development curriculum. They will receive intensive mentorship from a primary mentor as well as a mentorship team and will complete 1-2 research projects leading to publication. They will take an intensive grant-writing class and write a grant proposal focused on  extension of their research project.

Qualifications

Below is a list of eligibility criteria for trainees in the ACCORDS Primary Care Research Fellowship.  Applicants must meet the following seven conditions:

  1. Must be a physician (MD or DO), DDS, DMD, PharmD, or doctorally-trained non-physician (PhD or equivalent).
  2. Per HRSA, the individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment.
  3. Must want to pursue an academic career with a focus on research related to optimizing primary care.
  4. Must not have any current or prior funding as a principal investigator at the R01 level or equivalent.
  5. Must not have been previously funded by a T32 fellowship grant
  6. Must agree to devote at least 75% of time to research training during fellowship training; clinicians may pursue clinical work related to their research for 25% of their time.  Trainees who leave the fellowship prior to two years of training may be subject to a payback agreement with HRSA.

Prior experience in clinical research including training in epidemiology, biostatistics, and research design is also preferred for applicants, but not required.

Application Process

Recruitment for the July of 2022 cohort has started and we are currently accepting applications. The fellowship does not adhere to a match date, and therefore interviews will be scheduled at the convenience of the applicant and admissions committee. We will begin reviewing applications on September 15 and make all decisions by January 1, 2022. Early submission of materials is encouraged, as we may choose to take candidates on a rolling basis. Fellows admitted into the program begin on July 1st.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty, and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication, and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

To apply:

Please prepare the following documents and upload via our application page.

  1. Current curriculum vitae
  2. 1-2 page personal statement including overall career development plan, research goals, and mentorship needs
  3. Up to 3 letters of support  *

*If your three references prefer to submit their letters of support directly to the fellowship’s admissions committee, these can be submitted via email to Rebecca.Speer@cuanschutz.edu. In this case, on the application form you can simply enter the name of your reference, their title, institution, relationship to you, telephone number, and email address.

For additional questions regarding logistics, how to apply, or details about the fellowship please contact Rebecca (Becca) Speer at Rebecca.Speer@cuanschutz.edu.


About the Organization

ACCORDS focuses on the entire life spectrum as well as on “delivery science,” encompassing comparative effectiveness, patient-centered outcomes, and implementation and dissemination research. Infrastructure support is provided jointly from the Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHC) and the Dean’s Office, School of Medicine (SOM).

ACCORDS functions as both an actual and virtual consortium, with a group of investigators from multiple disciplines who have their primary office on-site and a much larger group affiliating with ACCORDS personnel, programs, and cores while maintaining an off-site research home.  Currently, 46 investigators, 25 research assistants, 12 biostatisticians/analysts, and 9 administrative and information technology personnel have office space with ACCORDS.  Over a hundred additional investigators interface with the program, primarily for consultation or collaboration, to participate in training fellowships, or to attend educational offerings.  Collaborating investigators represent all School of Medicine departments, as well as the School of Public Health, the School of Pharmacy and the School of Nursing. The Consortium serves as an incubator for research ideas, fosters interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as the development of focused areas of research of national prominence.

Contact Name

Rebecca Speer

Contact Phone

303-724-4310

Contact Email

REBECCA.SPEER@CUANSCHUTZ.EDU

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