Family physicians are in a unique position to research the impact of disease at different life stages, to study how social relations and values shape health and disease, and to develop interventions to improve the health of individuals and populations. Yet the “law of inverse opportunity” holds — there is a dearth of well–trained family physician researchers.
The faculty development program is designed to train primary care researchers to make significant contributions to our nation's health and succeed in an increasingly complex, competitive, and demanding health system. Fellows are provided with the rigorous research training and multifaceted career mentoring they will need to compete for limited research funds and meet the demanding requirements of the rank and tenure system at research–oriented universities. Penn expects its graduates to be role models for students making specialty choices, and for residents who are considering careers in primary care research.
Fellows will be involved in the design, proposal, and implementation of projects of every size. Fellows will have access to mentors, data sets, projects, and programs throughout the University. With this environment and the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health's commitment to providing high–quality health care to medically underserved populations, we expect that many fellows will become leaders in primary care research.
The Department offers a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and a full–time, federally–funded, two–to–three–year faculty development fellowship to train future leaders in family practice/primary care. Fellows learn research skills in one of the affiliated master's programs at Penn:
- Clinical Epidemiology
- History and Sociology of Science
- Master's in Business Administration (Wharton)
Fellows will have career and research mentoring by faculty in Family Medicine and Community Health, the program's interdisciplinary advisory board, and faculty throughout the University.
Peter Cronholm, MD, MSCE
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
2 Gates, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104–4283