The AHRQ Post Doctoral Fellowship Program is rooted in the premise that a multi-level, multi-disciplinary approach is the most appropriate one to adopt in studying how health services are delivered to meet the needs of individuals with chronic illness. In this program clinician and non-clinician scientists not only work together on funded projects, they also teach each other about the clinical aspects of the population and the research methods necessary to study it systematically. Further, special care is taken to ensure a good fit between the needs of each trainee and the interests, available resources, and capabilities of his or her faculty mentor.
In recent years the program has increased its emphasis on long-term care, pharmaco-epidemiology, and chronic disease management, and has sharpened its methodological focus. There are numerous opportunities for ongoing collaboration with investigators in other Centers and Departments and at the Veteran’s Administration Health Service Research Program. The program also now covers geriatric pharmaco-epidemiology and organizational factors influencing the delivery of health care. Furthermore, collaborations with research centers focusing on behavioral medicine and social epidemiology offer additional opportunities for postdoctoral fellows in this program.