We are home to several premier fellowship training programs in research and academic general internal medicine. The overall goal of these fellowships is to prepare general internists to assume faculty and leadership positions in primary medical care, ambulatory care and occupational and environmental health.
NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship
The University of Washington offers fellowship training under a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for individuals with an interest in pursuing research and academic careers in the primary medical care disciplines of general internal medicine, family medicine, and general pediatrics. The training program is a joint project of the Departments of Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics, and the School of Public Health.
The two-year fellowship is designed to provide methodologic skill acquisition in addition to research experience with an established investigator. Most fellows will be enrolled concurrently in the Master of Public Health program, majoring in either Health Services or Epidemiology.
The NRSA fellowship is a two-year program and begins on July 1 of any given year.
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Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency/Fellowship
The OEM Residency/Fellowship at the University of Washington is a two-year program that provides training of physicians specializing in the prevention and management of workplace illness and injuries; promotion of health and productivity of workers; and environmental health of individuals as well as communities. An emphasis is placed on training physicians to serve in leadership roles in the specialty. The overall goal of the program is to provide world class academic, clinical, and practicum training leading to board certification in occupational medicine.
Most physicians enjoy the OEM training program and subsequent career. According to a national survey, OEM is the medical specialty with the lowest burnout rate and highest satisfaction with work/life balance. Graduates of the OEM program are employed in a variety of settings, including clinics, universities, government agencies, corporations, medical centers, insurance companies, and small consulting businesses.
OEMP Residency/Fellowship website »
VA Health Services Research & Development (HRS&D) Post-MD Health Services Research Fellowships
The VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) Seattle offers two post-MD fellowship training programs funded by the Office of Academic Affiliations; one in ambulatory care and the other in health services research. Both programs operate in conjunction with the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. There are two new positions available in each program each year.
The primary focus of both programs is the development of research skills. Participants apply these skills by completing a publishable research project by the end of two years of training. They also enhance their clinical skills in ambulatory care and develop abilities necessary to assume academic faculty positions in medicine or other primary care disciplines. Approximately 15% of the fellows' time is devoted to clinical care. Although most fellows complete their training in two years, a third year of funding is available.
A large portion of the training takes place in the classroom. Emphasis is placed on interactive teaching, one-on-one mentorship, and peer interaction. Through planned activities such as journal clubs and weekly seminars, fellows are encouraged to contribute to and benefit from each others' experiences and knowledge. The VA Puget Sound Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Fellowship began in 1989, and has trained 88 fellows since its founding in 1991. Three out of four program graduates go on to pursue academic careers.
VA HSR&D Fellowships website »