Fellowships Overview


This NRSA two-year postdoctoral Fellowship program combines research in a multidisciplinary setting with an option of earning a MPH degree. The Primary Care/Health Services Research Postdoctoral Fellowship is designed for motivated individuals who want to pursue academic research careers in a primary care discipline. The program offers an "apprenticeship" process in which fellows work as a team member in an ongoing funded research project under the guidance of established research mentors.

Individualized training and hands on research experience tailored to the Fellow's research interests and training needs:

  • Formal course work at the University with an opportunity to obtain an MPH degree.
  • Flexibility in training curriculum.
  • Specialized seminars, research rounds and skills workshops designed to meet specific interests and training needs of fellows.
  • Diverse research opportunities ranging from statistical analysis of large databases with clinical and policy implications to case and practice-based studies employing both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Collaborative research projects with a variety of academic and non-academic organizations.
  • Support for participation in local and national professional conferences and meetings.
  • Opportunities to be socialized into academic primary care and to meet senior investigators from around the United States.


The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health has offered fellowship training since 1985. Current fellowships include ACGME Accredited Fellowships in Geriatrics and Sports Medicine, and additional fellowships in Health Care Policy and Women's Health. To date, the department has graduated 42 fellows in geriatric medicine, 13 in sports medicine, 7 in health policy, 5 in women's health, 3 in obstetrics, and 1 in multicultural community oriented primary care. Currently the department has 6 fellows and anticipated recruitment for the coming year is expected to be high once again. Our challenges for growth and financial stability remain as we enter the next academic year.

The goals of the clinical fellowships are to provide advanced post graduate training in family medicine related to the care of special populations and to train faculty in family medicine and other disciplines to teach, administer, and develop scholarly research activity in their particular fields of interest.

Faculty members for our fellowship programs come from our Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and other departments within the medical school depending on the area of special interest. The faculty coordinate teaching, precepting, clinical, and research activities in the various fellowship programs. They are listed separately under each fellowship program.