RAND-University of Pittsburgh Scholars Program

The RAND-University of Pittsburgh Scholars Program is a unique two-year post-doctoral fellowship opportunity open to individuals seeking to pursue careers in health services research and/or health policy. The Program is sponsored by the RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute (RUPHI), supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and housed jointly within the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Health Care and RAND Health in Pittsburgh.

The Program has three main components:

  1. Education & Training. The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences will provide education and training that combines individualized didactic and experiential teaching methods in a comprehensive spectrum of health services research methodologies, as well as the leadership and professional skills necessary to excel as an independent health services researcher. Course work will include basic skills training in health services research methods, health policy, computer methods, biostatistics, measurement, grant proposal/medical writing, and ethics and regulation. Additional specialty track elective courses will be available. Depending upon the number of courses completed, scholars will have the opportunity to receive a Certificate or Master of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences.
  2. Interdisciplinary Research Experience and Mentorship. Scholars will be aligned with an ongoing RAND Health research project within or across the RAND Pittsburgh, Santa Monica, and Washington, DC offices, enabling them to gain research work experience with a team of distinguished researchers from a variety of disciplines on research that matches their skills and interests. These projects may be national, regional, or local in scope and involve various levels and types of stakeholders, as appropriate. RAND project PIs will serve as formal mentors to the scholars, with at least one local RAND mentor assigned to each scholar.
  3. Other Career Advancement Opportunities. Scholars will have the opportunity to develop a career development proposal and/or a collaborative RAND-University of Pittsburgh research proposal, either national or local in scope. Local research proposals may be prepared in partnership with one or more community organizations, including local health care providers, health plans, county health care departments and agencies, and social service organizations. In addition, scholars will publish 1-2 peer-reviewed papers per year and produce 1-2 professional conference abstracts per year.

Each scholar will work with a multidisciplinary group of experienced faculty mentors from across RAND Health, the University of Pittsburgh, and affiliated research units on topics of health care delivery, health policy, patient safety, quality improvement, patient-centered care, health care organization and financing, and/or health care disparities.

Applications for the Program are currently being accepted; positions will start after July 1, 2009. Applicants must

  • be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence
  • have a health professional doctorate (MD, DO, DMD, RN/PhD, PharmD, or equivalent) or research doctorate (PhD, ScD, DrPH, or equivalent)
  • be able to commit 100% effort (40 hours per week) for two years to the Program
  • not be or not have been a principal investigator on an R01 or R21 award or on a subproject of a P01, P50, U54, or K series grant. Women, members of historically under-represented groups, and those interested in building a health services research career in Southwestern Pennsylvania are strongly encouraged to apply.

The scholarship includes all tuition and fees, a competitive annual stipend, a travel stipend, and health insurance. Fellows will be selected by a review committee composed of the co-Directors of RUPHI, the PIs of the University of Pittsburgh Post-Doctoral Program in Health Services Research, and senior health services researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and RAND.

Applicants should contact the Program Director, Dr. Kevin Kraemer, at (412) 692-4843 or kraemerkl@upmc.edu, and forward a CV, 1-page Personal Statement, and 3 letters of recommendation.

For more information about RUPHI, please visit our website at: www.ruphi.pitt.edu/.