NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship

NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship Program Overview

Donald E. Pathman, MD, MPH, Director

Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Fellowship Overview

The fellowship‘s goal is to train primary care physicians for academic careers with an emphasis on research. The two-to three-year fellowship provides participants with the knowledge, skills and experience to pursue an individual research program. Fellows establish a research foundation through course work in the various departments of UNC’s School of Public Health and seminars in the School of Medicine’s NC TraCS Translational and Clinical Research Curriculum, and reinforced through fellows’ research projects, weekly works-in-progress seminars, and mentoring by clinical and research faculty.

Fellows enter the program directly from residency training, community practice, or faculty positions. Over the program’s 25 years, it has graduated approximately 65+ fellows. Graduates have gone on to establish excellent publication records and achieve success in obtaining research funding, including career development awards. The vast majority currently holds academic positions.

During the fellowship, participants complete three to five research projects, working closely with a variety of faculty from across UNC’s health sciences schools and other schools on campus. Mentoring plays a key role in fellows’ development.

Fellows’ research generally falls within one or more of the following areas of research excellence and opportunity on campus, working with the listed program faculty:

Minority Health and Health Care Disparities

Health and Literacy

Diet, Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

End-of-Life Care, Palliative Care and Geriatrics

Decision Sciences and Evidence-Based Medicine

Access to Care and Rural Health

The fellowship is based in the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, a large, multi-disciplinary research unit on campus.

The program is principally funded through an institutional “T32” (5 T32 14001) National Research Service Award grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration. UNC’s primary care clinical departments and divisions provide additional funding.