UCANU Health Services Research Training Program (T32)

Predoctoral Health Services Research Training Program

The University of Chicago (UC) Predoctoral Health Services Research Training Program (HSRTP) is intended to support predoctoral training in health services research for students already enrolled in a University of Chicago PhD program.  

CHeSS is not accepting applications for the predoctoral HSRTP at this time.  See below for more information about the program, including eligibility criteria and application instructions from our last admissions cycle. 

Program Description

Training
This program incorporates interdisciplinary training in five central areas: comparative and cost-effectiveness analysis; patient safety and quality; patient-centered care; markets and organization; and health care disparities.  All predoctoral students at the University of Chicago selected for support by the UCANU HSRTP, regardless of discipline, will work with the program directors and a faculty mentor to develop an individualized program for regular participation in the many health services research and training activities at both the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Trainees are generally in their third or fourth years of graduate training when they begin the program and thus will divide their time between 1) advanced coursework in their relevant discipline; 2) workshops; and 3) completing their dissertation research.

Mentorship
Every trainee will have a mentor and mentoring plan for the UCANU program. Primary mentors will provide trainees with advice on the selection of coursework and workshops, guidance with research and career planning, and assistance in forming professional connections to other faculty who may serve as secondary mentors. All trainees will meet frequently with their mentors and regularly with one or more of the program directors to receive ongoing academic career development guidance.

Coursework
Trainees will have completed two or more years of predoctoral coursework prior to beginning the UCANU program. UCANU training will emphasize advanced courses relevant to trainees’ degree programs, and may include advanced topics in health services research or focused disciplinary training relevant to health services research, e.g., advanced statistical methods, psychometrics, or industrial organization.  The Committee on Institutional Collaboration (CIC) course-sharing agreement permits University of Chicago students to enroll in courses at Northwestern University when comparable courses are not available at the University of Chicago.

Research 
Participation in one or more workshops is critical to learning skills of critical analysis and research design.  The university’s workshop system consists of weekly seminars in which faculty, students, and visiting scholars present their ongoing research for critical review by their colleagues.  Faculty involvement and participation in these sessions provide trainees with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with leading scholars in their chosen field.  Trainees present at least once in each of the program’s related workshops.

As a supplement to workshops, the program director may organize small group sessions of faculty and their fellow trainees to present preliminary research ideas as well as lead semi-annual learning plan reviews to assess each trainee’s progress on various research endeavors.

Program Activities
Required activities include:

  1. Attend regularly and present once annually in the Health Economics Workshop (HEW), which takes place on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm at the Harris School.  
  2. Attend regularly and present once annually in the joint UChicago and Northwestern (UCANU) research seminars, which bring together HSRTP pre and postdoctoral fellows at both institutions. These seminars typically take place on the first Friday of every month from 3-4:30 pm and allow trainees to present their research to one another.
  3. Participate in a Policy Practicum, Translation, and Communication mini-course, if offered during the fellow’s appointment period.
  4. Complete and submit semi-annual learning plans to assess career and academic development.  
  5. Attend the annual National Research Service Award meeting and Academy Health conference, which are held jointly in June of each year. Fellows are expected to submit an abstract to these meetings. The HSRTP covers the cost of attending the conference.
  6. Complete training in the Responsible Conduct of Research, which is required by NIH. Predoctoral fellows fulfill this by completing the summer RCR course or the winter quarter of Essentials of Patient Oriented Research (EPOR)

Funding

UCANU HSRTP fellowships are for a period of one year, with a possibility of renewal for a second year. Predoctoral fellowships for 2016-17 pay a stipend of $23,376 plus $16,000 toward tuition and $2,000 toward student health insurance, if elected. The award also provides some funds for research expenses as well as a modest travel stipend to offset the expense of attendance at the annual NRSA meeting.

Eligibility

  1. Trainees must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or non-citizen national. 
  2. This training program is intended to support students from thesis development through the later stages of their thesis. For the Winter 2017 application cycle, students in the second year of training or later are encouraged to apply. Students who are interested in the program but are in their first year of PhD training should contact Kelsey Bogue.
  3. Individuals from diverse, underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Our current and past predoctoral fellows have come from a variety of departments and professional schools at the University of Chicago, including: the Booth School of Business, Comparative Human Development, Conceptual & Historical Studies of Science, Economics, the Harris School of Public Policy, Public Health Sciences, the School of Social Service Administration, and Sociology. While graduate students from any discipline are welcome to apply, applicants should intend to pursue academic careers in health services research or related fields. 

Further details on the program and its requirements are available from Kelsey Bogue, Associate Director of Training Programs, at kbogue@bsd.uchicago.edu. Questions that cannot be answered by Ms. Bogue can be directed to the PI of the UCANU predoctoral program, Kathleen Cagney, PhD, at (773) 256-6341, or the program’s Co-PI, David Meltzer, MD, PhD, at (773) 702-0836.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following materials through the online portal to be considered for the fellowship. Include your first and last name in the file name for each document you submit.  

  1. CV
  2. Statement of research goals (limit 500 words)
  3. Thesis Proposal Synopsis (limit 500 words):
    If you are in the process of choosing a thesis topic, please explain where you are in the process
  4. List of required exams for the doctoral program, yet to be taken
  5. A mentoring plan developed with the applicant’s primary faculty mentor for their PhD program
  6. A statement of disclosure for funding sources:
    Please include information about any current funding sources, pending applications for other funding, and/or completed projects that provided federal funding. 
  7. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members who have worked with the applicant in health services research or related discipline:
    If your references prefer to send letters directly, they can be emailed to Kelsey Bogue at kbogue@bsd.uchicago.edu. Please note in your application if these letters will be sent separately.
  8. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts:
    Please have your official, electronic transcripts emailed to Kelsey Bogue at kbogue@bsd.uchicago.edu.  

Please note: CHeSS is not accepting applications for the predoctoral HSRTP at this time.

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