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Scholars learn an approach to research that is fostered by the program’s collaborative culture, which encourages skepticism, creativity, critical thinking, and early stakeholder engagement to assure relevance of research.

Scholars are expected to conduct two to three research projects during their fellowship, yielding at least two manuscripts. This work provides Scholars with the opportunity to develop important research questions, frame hypotheses, collect and analyze data, interpret evidence, and communicate results through oral presentations and written papers.

In the second year of fellowship, Scholars have the opportunity to select one of four research tracks, based upon their interests and learning objectives.

Research in Progress

Below are some examples of current Scholar research in progress:

  • The Interplay of Conflict and Cooperation in Intra-Hospital Care Transitions: How Senders and Receivers Navigate a Complex System
  • The Association of Stigma Due to Criminal-Justice Involvement and Health: A systematic Review
  • HHS Policy: Burden Reduction - The Experience of Burden Reduction Efforts within CMS and the Creation of a Metric
  • The Contribution of Serious Mental Illness to Unplanned Medical/Surgical Re-admissions
  • Factors Associated with End-of-Life Care Quality Among Veterans with Heart Failure within the Veterans Health Administration
  • Integrating Care for Opioid Use Disorder with Care for HIV: A Community-Engaged, Qualitative Study

Ideas, Projects, Analysis, & Dissemination (IPAD) Sessions

Scholars, program faculty, mentors, and alumni meet bi-monthly in a forum designed to give Scholars the opportunity to present their projects to our research community. These formal sessions enable Scholars to:

  • Present research at multiple stages of development and ultimately completion
  • Hone oral presentation skills including the effective use of visual aids such as slides
  • Respond to colleagues' questions and feedback effectively in a group setting
  • Critique peers’ research and provide constructive feedback for further development

An informal opportunity also exists for Scholars to brainstorm new ideas and solutions to emerging research project challenges with each other. These brainstorming sessions are optional and organized by Scholars.