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Our training programs are part of a VA-UCLA-RAND Multi-Campus Primary Care and Health Services Research Fellowship Program that integrates education/mentoring activities across three VA-funded fellowship programs, alongside the UCLA/VA Clinician Scholars Programs.

VA Women’s Health Fellowship Program

The purpose of this program is to train physicians and associated health professionals to advance clinical care, teaching, scholarship, and system improvements related to the advancement of healthcare for women Veterans.

Trainee type: MDs & Clinical Psychologists

Program Directors:
Lisa Altman, MD
310-268-3526
Lisa.Altman@va.gov

Donna Washington, MD, MPH
310-478-3711 ext. 49479
Donna.Washington@va.gov 

Elizabeth Yano, PhD, MSPH
818-895-9449
Elizabeth.Yano@va.gov

Program Coordinator:
Britney Lewkowitz, MPH
818-891-7711 ext. 36034
Britney.Lewkowitz@va.gov  

VA Advanced Fellowship in Health Services Research

The fellowship provides two years of post-residency, post-doctoral research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible physicians, associated health/nursing professionals, and PhDs.  Physicians and clinical fellows spend approximately 75 percent in clinical care at competitively selected VA sites. Non-Clinician PhD fellows spend significant time in healthcare improvement activities and projects, in addition to activities related to scholarship. Mentors of national stature provide guidance to fellows in rich learning environments.

Graduates are expected to be role models in leading, developing, conducting, and evaluating innovative health services research in a variety of clinical settings including VHA and other healthcare institutions that seek to improve care for Veterans and the Nation.

 

Trainee type: PhDs and MDs

Program Directors:
Debra Saliba, MD, MPH
310-825-8253
saliba@rand.org




Program Coordinators: 
Physicians:
Deborah Riopelle, MSPH
818-891-7711 ext. 36017
Deborah.Riopelle@va.gov

Allied Health/Social Scientist PhDs:
Britney Lewkowitz, MPH
818-891-7711 ext. 36034
Britney.Lewkowitz@va.gov  

Program Materials:
PhD Fellowship Application
VA/UCLA Fellowship Program Brochure
HSR&D Physician Application *

Program Website:
VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Health Services Research and Development *

VA National Clinician Scholars Program

The fellowship provides two years (with an option for a third year) of post-residency research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible physicians. Participants are expected to complete a graduate level research project using a broad array of disciplines. These may include epidemiology, biostatistics, medical information sciences, economics, the social sciences, anthropology, history of medicine, law, and ethics. The program will emphasize the importance of community health, consistent with VA's goals to optimize the health of the veteran, the VA community, and to contribute to the health of the Nation. VA Clinician Scholars participate in activities at VA GLA as well as participate fully in the overall UCLA Clinical Scholars program at the affiliated institution.

 

Trainee type: MDs

Program Director:
Debra Saliba, MD, MPH
310-825-8253
saliba@rand.org

Program Coordinator:
Deborah Riopelle,  MSPH
818-891-7711 ext. 36017
Deborah.Riopelle@va.gov

Program Websites:
National Clinician Scholars Program*

 

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Updated:  January 10, 2020