Advanced Fellowship in Health Services Research - Pittsburgh - Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
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Advanced Fellowship in Health Services Research - Pittsburgh

Application Deadline


Expected Start Date

Fall 2021

Applicants should send a CV, a letter detailing their proposed training and research program, and three letters of reference to

CHERP's Advanced Fellowship in Health Services Research is designed for post-doctoral investigators and physicians who have some research experience and would like to pursue a career with the VA. CHERP has sites in Pittsburgh or Philadelphia and we will match you with an established investigator as your mentor.


A two-year program that provides advanced interprofessional training in health services research, implementation science, and health system quality improvement.

Focus Areas include:

  • Health equity in vulnerable populations (Pittsburgh and Philadelphia)
  • Quality, safety and value of medications and medical procedures (Pittsburgh)
  • Dual use of pharmacy benefits across health systems (Pittsburgh)


  • US Citizen
  • MD, PhD, or other equivalent doctoral degree must be completed and conferred before appointment. You may apply while in your final
  • Experience in health services research
  • Demonstrated success in conducting/collaborating on scholarly research projects
  • Desire to become a VA health services research leader


The VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh is now accepting Post-Doctoral Fellowship applications from:

  • physicians,
  • nurses,
  • physical therapists,
  • pharmacists, and
  • PhD clinicians and non-clinicians.

Focus areas are:

  • improving the quality and equity of health and health care for vulnerable populations;
  • improving the effectiveness, safety, and value of medications and other clinical therapeutics

As a two-site VA Center of Innovation, with offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, CHERP offers distinctive breadth of opportunity for fellows. While both sites have multiple formal and informal opportunities for fellows to obtain competencies in research focused on quality and equity of health and health care, training specific to clinical therapeutics is based in Pittsburgh and training in behavioral economics is based in Philadelphia. Applicants pursuing these focus areas will be given priority although outstanding fellows with other interests will also be considered.

The Fellowship Program Directors are Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS in Philadelphia and Galen Switzer, PhD in Pittsburgh. They are supported by Associate Directors Michael Fine, MD, MSc (CHERP Co-Director) and Judith Long, MD, (CHERP Co-Director). All four are national leaders in multidisciplinary HSR and accomplished mentors.

The Crescenz VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC), University of Pennsylvania, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), and University of Pittsburgh share a common goal to develop future generations of HSR investigators who have a solid foundation on which to build their careers. Our training program leverages the robust academic resources of each VA site and their academic affiliates to immerse fellows in an integrated, interprofessional educational environment with a proven track record of success in developing national leaders in HSR.

Fellows must be US citizens and have obtained a PhD, medical degree (MD), PharmD, doctorate in Nursing, or other professional doctoral degree before the start of their fellowship appointment. Physicians and other clinical and non-clinical professionals are encouraged to apply.

For additional information and details about applying, please contact