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GRECC Advanced Research Fellowship


Eligibility
Clinical providers (physicians or specified non-physicians) who have completed their clinical training and are board-certified or board-eligible in their subspecialty. Non-physician candidates include providers with advanced degrees in audiology, dentistry, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical or occupational therapy, podiatry, psychology and speech pathology. Previous geriatrics training is not required. 

Curriculum

Because we recruit both physician and non-physician candidates with or without previous geriatrics training, our curriculum is flexible and designed to provide maximum benefit to each learner. The applicant selected for the position will work with faculty mentors to develop an individualized learning plan based on previous experience and will include didactic sessions in core research skills and geriatric topics specific to the proposed research project. The University of Colorado and the Denver VA offer a wide variety of research, clinical and educational resources that will further allow customization of a fellow’s two-year curriculum.  

In addition to research skills and geriatrics knowledge cores, each fellow will participate in leadership, medical education and quality improvement curriculum. Topics will include early core didactics followed by experiential learning and application of techniques as the fellowship progresses. Geriatrics-trained physicians will also have approximately one-half day per week of clinical activities in the primary care geriatrics clinic at the Denver VA. 

Application Process

  • The application process begins with a one-page letter of intent outlining your educational history and proposed project aims, research hypotheses and anticipated mentors. 
  • The GRECC executive committee reviews applications for eligibility, scientific merit and likelihood for career success.  
  • Selected applicants will be invited to submit a three-page description of their research and career development/mentoring plan and include supporting biosketches and letters of support.  
  • One applicant is selected per year. If the selected applicant is a VA employee, he or she will typically start in the fall. If the selected applicant is not a VA employee, he or she will typically start at the beginning of the calendar year. 

Performance and Funding

The selected candidate's progress will be evaluated by the committee at the end of Year 1 to determine Year 2 funding. 

Training Sites/Career Opportunities

For a list of training sites and career opportunities following fellowship completion, please contact the program coordinator. 

For More Information or to Apply

Contact Karleen Stratton, GRECC administrative assistant, at karleen.stratton@va.gov.
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