Optimizing the well-being of children is essential to assure health and economic productivity in adulthood. The goal of the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research (HSR) Fellowship is to train outstanding researchers who can address critical gaps in primary care for children and fundamentally improve the capacity of the US health care system to meet the needs of children and families, including socioeconomically disadvantaged and minority populations. The fellowship represents a unique and established collaboration of faculty at Children’s Hospital-Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and DPM. A national model, it received the 2003 Outstanding Teaching Award from the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, the first time it was given to a research training program. DPM has for over a decade provided an academic home for a number of its fellows, and mentorship for many more.
The Harvard-wide Pediatric HSR program recruits superb candidates, both pediatric generalists and subspecialists, from local training programs and from others across the country. Training components include an MPH through the Harvard School of Public Health Clinical Effectiveness Program, an innovative series of seminars including fellows’ works-in-progress, faculty presentations, and sessions on skill development (e.g. job seeking, grant writing). Our graduates have forged extraordinarily successful careers as leaders in pediatrics at HMS and institutions around the country. 92% of graduates from the past 10 years remain in academic positions, they contribute numerous publications to the evidence each year and 84% of our graduates have federal or foundation funding.
DPM is a critical part of this program. Dr. Jonathan Finkelstein serves as Co-Director of the overall program, Dr. Alison Galbraith is DPM site director, and Dr. Ann Wu is a member of the leadership team. All fellows, but particularly those based at DPM, have the opportunity to conduct research using DPM’s data systems and linkages with health systems. DPM will continue to be a focal point of the program with its committed faculty, data resources, and linkages to health systems providing care to children.
Contact Alison Galbraith for additional information and visit Boston Children's Hospital for application instructions.