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K12 Career Dev​elopment Training in T4 Implementation Science and Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep (HLBS) Disorders

The IMPACT (IMPlementation to Achieve Clinical Transformation) K12, centered at the Adult and Child Consortium for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS), is a two-year career development program t​​o prepare a diverse group of post-doctorate scholars for careers in T4 translational research with an emphasis on HLBS disorders. 

Our multifaceted, transdisciplinary center is ideal for training T4 implementation science researchers due to its faculty expertise in implementation science and outcomes research, our strong record of postgraduate training​ in a variety of adult and child settings addressing HLBS issues. The mixture of didactic and experiential training will allow iterative research-to-practice and practice-to-research experiences. 

An innovative curriculum of courses, seminars, work in progress research meetings, and workshops will provide scholars with solid training in both basic T4 and health services research competencies (e.g., pragmatic trials and CER, T4 frameworks, stakeholder engagement, designs and outcomes for implementation science) and cutting edge T4 methods and approaches (e.g., designing for sustainability, adaptations to evidence based programs, practical tools and iterative assessment for community and clinical settings).

Scholars will emerge from the program having received both strong general training and in-depth T4 research experience relevant to HLBS subject areas and with embedded research experience in multiple, diverse clinical settings​. Particular areas of emphasis are chosen specifically to integrate T4 and HBLS science.

In particular, IMPACT scholars will receive in depth training in application of T4 frameworks and methods including CFIR, RE-AIM, the Evidence Integration Triangle, Dynamic Sustainability Framework; the 5Rs and other models for relevant, pragmatic research; and interactive T4 science tools.

The program will train 2-3 scholars per year and both MD and PhD scholars from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  The ideal candidate will already have fellowship or Master’s level training in health services, translational, or public health research and will be prepared to focus on additional training in D&I research within diverse clinical settings.

We are proud to announce the selected scholars who have accepted our offer to start in July as our first cohort of scholars for the NHLBI-funded K12 IMPACT Fellowship Program:

  • Anuj Mehta, MD, participating locally at National Jewish Health, seeks mentorship in the program to improve decision-making in the ICU in order to better align patient values with care delivered.  More specifically, he plans to use mix methods, combining quantitative big data analysis with qualitative research engaging key stakeholders, to develop decision-aids based on tracheostomy decision-making that will be designed for dissemination across broad ICU settings. 
  • Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman, MD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine here on campus is interested in the fellowship’s formal training in T4 translational research to implement evidenced-based bundled trauma care interventions to reduce heart, lung, and blood organ system failure in resource limited settings—locally and abroad. To date, he has completed a fellowship in Global Health and another in Prehospital and Disaster Medicine and has grant funding to continue his research endeavors internationally in South Africa while participating in the IMPACT K12 Program.
  • Amy Tyler, MD, MSCS, FAAP joins the program to advance the science of “de-implementation” and improve outcomes for pediatric patients in the acute care setting. An Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, as well as a pediatric hospitalist and the Director of Quality at Children’s Hospital Colorado, she looks forward to specifically honing her skills in mixed methods research, D&I science, and designing pragmatic clinical trials focused on effective, generalizable programs to “de-implement” over-utilized tests and treatments.  

​We extend our congratulations to these incoming scholars, selected from a competitive, high quality pool of applicants, and are honored they chose our program to further hone their skills to become independent T4 dissemination and implementation research scientists.​ 

The K12 Application is now CLOSED. Recruitment for the 2019 cohort will be announced later this year.