Palliative Care Research Fellowship
Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence announces Palliative Care Research Fellowship Program
The Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence announces openings in our Palliative Care Research Fellowship Program funded by a T32 Training Grant Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Fellowships will be 1-3 years in duration.
University of Washington Medical Center
Mentoring and Advising
Palliative Care Team - Teaching and Collaboration
Training Environment - Palliative Care with Patients
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Eligible trainees must have an interest in palliative care research related to heart, lung or blood disease. Appropriate candidates include:
Candidates must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Applicants must be available for a 12-month appointment and agree to undertake a minimum of two years of research, research training, or comparable experiences from the time of appointment. Eligible trainees must not have had more than two years of previous postdoctoral NRSA support.
ELIGIBLE RESEARCH TOPICS
We recognize a broad definition of “palliative care research,” including research focused on improving quality of life, minimizing symptoms, providing psychological and spiritual support, and improving communication about patients’ values and their goals of care, all in the context of a serious illness or condition which may be either life-threatening or life-limiting.
All applicants will submit a package consisting of:
1. A 1-2 page cover letter from the applicant describing his/her research interests, career goals and proposed mentor, and any prior pre- or post-doctoral funding support
2 Applicant’s CV
3. A 3-4 page research proposal, including a statement about the relevance of the project to palliative care
a. Brief Background (1 paragraph)
b. Specific Aims (1/2 page)
c. Research Approach and Methods (1 page)
d. Analysis Plans (1/2 page)
e. Limitations and alternate approaches (1/2 page)
f. Future Directions/How this research project fits with your career goals (1 paragraph)
4. A 2 page reference letter from the proposed mentor to comment on the mentee’s potential for independent investigation, a proposed training plan, and the mentor’s track record for mentoring
5. Proposed mentor’s NIH biosketch or CV
6. Two additional reference letters that address the candidate’s research potential.
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The goal of this T32 is to train independent investigators in palliative care research in the areas of heart, lung and blood diseases. Therefore, we will use rigorous selection criteria to identify candidates likely to be successful in a career as independent investigators. These selection criteria will include evidence-based predictors of academic success (prior research experience, publications, and grant funding).
Fellows may retain their primary mentors and/or work with Palliative Care T32 Faculty. This research fellowship is administered by the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence and fellows will engage in a number of formal activities of the Cambia PCCE.
Training programs will be individualized for each participant and focus on the participant’s research, but training may also include a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology or Health Services Research, if appropriate. Tuition support is available.
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Palliative Care Research Fellowship Program - FAQs
1. How is the Research Fellowship Program funded?
This research fellowship program is funded by an NIH institutional training award (T32 grant) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
2. How many funded positions will there be each year and what is the duration of each position?
3. What is the type and amount of funding that is provided to each fellow?
The T32 fellowship appointment pays salary on the NIH pay scale,
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-047.html. The stipend level for a postdoctoral trainee is determined by the number of full years of relevant experience between the doctoral degree date and
date of appointment.
4. Can this program be combined with a clinical fellowship?
Institutional research training grants must be used to support a program of full-time research training. Within
the full-time training period, research trainees who are also training as clinicians must devote their time to the proposed research training and must confine clinical duties to those that are an integral part of the research
5. What resources will be available for the conduct of patient-oriented research?
Resources will include access to patient populations, which is facilitated by the expansion of UW Medicine to include diverse clinical settings. The UW Medical Center is a world-renowned academic medical center providing tertiary care for the region and nationwide, as well as a leading provider of primary and specialty care in Seattle and King County Harborview Medical Center is a 330-bed hospital owned by King County and
operated by UW.
It is the only Level 1 Trauma Center serving five states, (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) and its mission population includes inner city poor, recent immigrants to the US, and persons with HIV/AIDS. Valley Medical Center is an acute care hospital and clinic network serving over 600,000 residents, making it the largest nonprofit healthcare provider in Southeast King County. The Valley Medical Provider Group consists of 600 physicians and other health professionals staffing a network of primary care clinics and over a dozen specialty clinics, with over 330,000 visits yearly. Northwest Hospital and Medical Center (NHWC) is a full service, non-profit community hospital located in North Seattle, which supports annually nearly 11,000 hospital admissions, 35,000 emergency department visits and over 500,000 clinic visits. The Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence has developed a quality metric system across all UW Medicine sites that is based on the electronic health record and, although designed for quality improvement rather than research, it will be an outstanding resource for palliative care research that will be available to trainees. Other clinical resources include Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Healthcare System.
6. Will research fellows be provided office space and computers?
Office space will be provided either by the candidate’s mentor or through the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence.
A computer and software will generally be provided by the mentor or the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence.
7. Is there funding available for travel to national conferences?
The training grant supports travel to one professional/scientific meeting per year. Trainees are expected to
actively participate (e.g., present data) at the meeting. The annual travel allowance shall not exceed $1,000 plus basic, on-time registration fees (this does not include postdoctoral courses). Trainees will also be reimbursed for abstract submission and poster production costs.
8. Can fellows be part of the fellowship through distance learning from outside the University of Washington?
No, fellows must be living in the Seattle area and physically present at the University of Washington during their T32 fellowship appointment period.
9. Do applicants have to pursue an advanced clinical research degree?
Palliative care researchers need a background in the core disciplines of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Health Services Research. In addition, many trainees will choose additional training in a specific discipline such as health disparities, health economics, social and behavioral sciences, informatics, advanced biostatistics, medical anthropology, or qualitative research, based on their research interests, projects, and training plan. Most T32 clinician-scientists without a PhD will pursue a Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Health Services, or Biomedical and Health Informatics because these Master’s degree programs provide systematic and thorough training in these disciplines. The curriculum includes courses in biostatistics that describe the foundations of statistical inference and the types of statistical tests. Because a significant proportion of clinical research is observational (particularly research done by trainees) and must address issues of bias and confounding, trainees also need an in-depth understanding of multivariate modeling including linear regression, logistic regression, and survival analyses. In addition, many of our trainees will work with repeated measures and clustered datasets requiring additional skills and training. Trainees should also have an understanding of the complexities of survey design and the value of qualitative research, which they will receive in the introductory health services research courses.
10. When does the fellowship begin and what is its duration?
Research fellowship appointments are generally two-years in duration (although can be 1-3 years) and may begin anytime during the year (March 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016).
11. What are the minimum expectations for trainees?
12. Does the fellowship training program have a focus on diversity?
The leadership and faculty of this T32 supported training program are strongly committed to ensure that women, racial/ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and other individuals who have been traditionally underrepresented in science are well represented in our program.
13. Does this fellowship training program have a focus on interdisciplinary research training?
Interdisciplinary research training is also a focus of this program because we believe it to be a necessary component of training for future generations of scientists generally, and particularly important because of the inherently interdisciplinary nature of palliative care research that focuses on improving quality of life for patients and family members and that encompass physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual domains.
14. Can a trainee be appointed to a grant if he/she has applied for a green card (permanent residency) but hasn’t received it yet?
No. For training grants, citizenship/permanent residency requirements must be met at the time of the appointment.
15. Is a trainee eligible for appointment to this T32 if he/she has had prior NRSA support?
NRSA support is limited to five years for predoctoral trainees and three years postdoctoral fellows.
16. Is a signed payback agreement a requirement for appointment to this T32?
Yes, if this is the trainee’s initial 12 months of postdoctoral NRSA support. If this individual has received any other NRSA postdoctoral support that totals 12 months, on either another training grant or fellowship, a
payback agreement would not be required.
17. Do you have to be a US Citizen to apply?
Only U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, and permanent U.S. residents may be appointed to a T32.
-Trainees who do not have this status must have a valid Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-551).
-Send a notarized statement verifying permanent residency status with the PHS-2271.
-Anyone on a temporary or student visa is not eligible.
Eligible Research Topics
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