Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship

The NICHD training grant provides funding for Physician Fellows to perform graduate studies toward a Master's of Science degree in Health and Health Care Research.  This program was especially designed for clinicians learning in depth about health services research.  Beyond the Master's of Science degree, Physician Fellows may choose to enroll in additional courses focused on research design, methods and analysis offered through the Institute for Social Research or the Department of Epidemiology Graduate Summer Session.

Fellows entering directly from pediatrics, medicine-pediatrics, or family medicine residency programs are expected to spend three years in the program. Fellows with subspecialty training are expected to spend a minimum of two years in the program.

The goal of the Fellowship Program is to produce physician-investigators who excel in health services research and will become leaders in academic medicine. To accomplish this, the program will:

  • Provide Fellows with a sound academic background, research training, and socialization in health services and health services research;
  • Create opportunities for independent and collaborative interdisciplinary research;
  • Emphasize skills for preparation of manuscripts and grant proposals and for presentation of scientific work in local and national research symposia.

Over the two-year program, each Physician Fellow will be expected to complete 3 research practica: a systematic review or meta-analysis, an analysis of secondary data, and planning a project including primary data collection.  The Program Directors and each Fellow's Faculty Mentorship Committee will assist Fellows in developing a plan of research objectives. These objectives include: identifying key research; presenting findings at local and national meetings; preparing manuscript(s) for publication; and writing a grant proposal.

The Fellowship provides tuition resources for Fellows to perform graduate studies toward a master's degree in a field related to their research work (e.g., Health and Health Care Research, Public Health, Public Policy).  The University of Michigan is home to several outstanding graduate programs for clinician investigators. Research Fellows may also choose to enroll in courses focused on research design, methods, and analysis offered through the Institute for Social Research or the Department of Epidemiology Graduate Summer Sessions.

The Fellowship holds a weekly seminar series in which Fellows present the progress of their research project(s). In addition, the seminars serve as an opportunity to discuss research methods and career development issues in depth among the Fellows and with our research faculty.

The CHEAR Unit also holds a weekly research seminar which serves as a forum for presentation of research findings and stimulates intellectual interchange across the health services research community at the University of Michigan.

The purpose of the clinical portion of the program is for Fellows to gain comfort in the independent practice of clinical pediatrics and maintain the perspective of a practicing clinician.  In general, Physician Fellows will spend one-half day each week (or the equivalent) caring for patients in the clinical setting consistent with their generalist or subspecialist training.  In addition, Fellows will participate in the education of residents and medical students.  

The mulitidisciplinary Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit, housed in the Division of General Pediatrics, provides a mechanism and structure for the timely review and evaluation of local, state, and national children's programs.  Through the CHEAR Unit, Fellows will have the opportunities to participate in multidisciplinary research studies relevant to current issues in child health. Linkages are in place with state agencies as well as with faculty from the Schools of Business, Law, Medicine, Public Health, Social Work, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Public Policy.

The CHEAR Unit also contains a working laboratory of research support personnel and services.  This research infrastructure includes doctoral-level data and policy analysts, masters-trained research associates, computer programmer/analysts, and research assistants. Support services available through the CHEAR Unit include data collection, statistical analysis, and manuscript editing.

The Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Michigan includes over 50 faculty members.  About 40 primary care faculty are located at 9 single and multi-specialty clinical sites in the greater Ann Arbor area.  This placement of faculty provides an ideal opportunity for their collaboration with clinically oriented research conducted by Fellows.  Several division faculty have fellowship training and advanced degrees in public health or sociology and conduct research in many different areas. 

Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P.
Professor of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Public Policy, and Health Policy and Management

Gary L. Freed, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Pediatrics and Health Management and Policy

Associate Directors
Sarah J. Clark, M.P.H.
Associate Director for Research, Division of General Pediatrics

Candidates must have completed their MD and residency training in pediatrics, family medicine, or combined internal medicine-pediatrics. Fellows will be selected on the basis of their completed research, academic record, personal qualifications, and stated interest in pediatric health services research issues. Dual appointments with subspecialty fellowships are encouraged.


For questions about the program contact:
Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P.
Division of General Pediatrics
University of Michigan
300 NIB 6A18
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5456
Telephone: 734-615-0616
Fax: 734-764-2599
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