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Fellowship Overview

The Primary Care Physician-Scientist Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania is offered through a National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the Health Resources and Services Administration. It is jointly directed by the Divisions of General Internal Medicine and General Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine in collaboration with the Center for Clinical Epidemiology (CCEB) and the Center for Excellence for Diversity in Health Education and Research. We offer a total of five positions in general medicine and pediatrics/adolescent medicine.

The primary goals of the two-year fellowship are:

  1. training in epidemiology, health services research, and related fields leading to a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology degree
  2. completion of at least one well-conceived and well-executed research project

The graduates of this program will acquire a broad set of skills necessary to launch a career as an academic generalist who conducts independent health services or epidemiologic research. Formal didactic training will be achieved through coursework at CCEB (details below).

Fellows receive intensive mentoring from the program director, co-directors, content mentor, and statistics mentor. Collectively the directors and mentors help the trainee identify important research topic(s), define appropriate data sources and research methodologies, and garner the specific expertise and support necessary to successfully execute the project. Fellows also receive guidance on presenting results of their projects at national meetings and publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

In addition to developing research skills, fellows hone their patient care and teaching skills through a half-day clinical session and presentations in various meetings and classes. The directors of this fellowship are especially committed to promoting the careers of under-represented minorities and persons from these groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We have developed special features of this program through Dr. Jerry Johnson's Center for Excellence for Diversity in Health Education and Research to advance the career of a fellow from an under-represented minority and to provide opportunities to meet with other trainees and faculty from minority groups.