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Data Science to Patient Value Scholars Program

2019 Fellowship Announcement


Application cycle closes February 1, 2019.

The D2V Scholars Program is a two-year program in data science and health system research that provides coursework, mentorship and research opportunities to MD or PhD postdoctoral fellows, and early- or mid-career investigators. The program offers a novel training path that will draw on existing AMC educational resources. Scholars will be able to participate in academic degree programs to expand their knowledge of health informatics and high value health systems delivery. Training will focus on integrating data science, stakeholder engagement, implementation science, and health services research across a spectrum of clinical settings and disciplines as well as leadership education. The goal of the D2V Scholars Program is to develop scholars into successful independent future investigators with special knowledge and understanding of health data issues, high value application and meaningful health system implementation methods. ​

D2V Scholars will also work closely with the six D2V scientific cores: 

Fellowship Curriculum Overview 

The two-year fellowship curriculum is designed to help PhD or MD researchers develop a balanced research skill set in the combined areas of data science and patient-centered health services research. Scholars will engage with D2V’s six cores to learn rigorous cutting edge data science methodologies and applications to address pressing health problems and advance the science of person-centered, high value health care across the care continuum by integrating different stakeholder perspectives, including the UCHealth System as a learning and innovations partner. Additionally, scholars will have the opportunity to engage in existing CU programs, providing unique experiences in scientific research areas including stakeholder engagement, shared decision making, health data informatics and analytics, patient driven value, and care innovations to develop a new generation of health data and patient-centered care research scientists. 

 

Emphasis is placed on one-on-one mentorship with a D2V faculty to provide expertise in the six D2V scientific cores. Other University of Colorado faculty and key staff will be available to provide additional mentorship. Scholars are given the opportunity to pursue intensive training in their particular areas of interest through didactic course work, works-in-progress, and seminars.


Research Experience:
 D2V Scholars will lead studies resulting in peer-reviewed publications that will then support their applications for independent career-development research funding. The projects will be embedded in UCHealth and focus on aspects of health data analytics and the implementation of high value, patient-centered care that can be adopted locally and disseminated regionally and nationally. D2V Scholars will attend weekly scholar-only research meetings to identify projects of interest, discuss works in progress, identify funding opportunities, and review grant applications, publications and presentations. Scholars will present at least quarterly as a mechanism for program mentors to monitor progress and provide guidance. 

 

Leadership Education: The Training Core will focus on helping D2V Scholars to build their leadership and communication skills through a range of educational offerings addressing value-oriented collaboration, managing organization and system changes, implementing effective stakeholder engagement, and transformational leadership, including optional attendance at the University’s annual Aspen Program for Ethical Health Care Leadership.

 

Didactic Coursework: Scholars will participate in relevant degree-granting programs that provide didactic training to support their research. Scholars with a strong background in health services research or implementation science may choose to design a curriculum concentrating on data science research, while scholars with a strong background in data science may want to explore the integration of big data analytics as it applies to improved stakeholder-engaged, patient-centered care and implementation science methods. Those with existing degrees can supplement their existing skills with targeted coursework in biostatistics, computational, medical and/or behavioral science, leadership and management, epidemiology, stakeholder engagement, implementation science, ethics or health policy. 

 

The D2V Scholars Program will leverage already-established successful training programs at CU-Anschutz and CU-Denver Downtown, including: ​



Research Experience:
D2V Scholars will lead studies resulting in peer-reviewed publications that will then support their applications for independent career-development research funding. The projects will be embedded in UCHealth and focus on aspects of health data analytics and the implementation of high value, patient-centered care that can be adopted locally and disseminated regionally and nationally. D2V Scholars will attend weekly scholar-only research meetings to identify projects of interest, discuss works in progress, identify funding opportunities, and review grant applications, publications and presentations. Scholars will present at least quarterly as a mechanism for program mentors to monitor progress and provide guidance. 

Leadership Education: The Training Core will focus on helping D2V Scholars to build their leadership and communication skills through a range of educational offerings addressing value-oriented collaboration, managing organization and system changes, implementing effective stakeholder engagement, and transformational leadership, including optional attendance at the University’s annual Aspen Program for Ethical Health Care Leadership.

Eligibility Requirements
Both internal AMC and external applicants are eligible to apply.

PhD Applicants:
  • Scholars must possess an advanced degree (doctoral degree) from an accredited program. 

MD Applicants:
  • Completion of a residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Bureau of Professional Education (BPE) of the American Osteopathic Association. 
  • Must not be enrolled in any accredited physician residency or Fellowship Program. 
  • Have an active, unrestricted license to practice in the U.S. 
  • Be appropriately board certified or eligible.  
  • Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements will be selected based on their: Interest – desire to shepherd research that is based in stakeholder-engaged data/analytics and that can be applied to the rapidly changing health care environment to improve patient-centered care. Match- with available mentors at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Stipend, Benefits & Other Support 
The fellowship provides a $50-$70,000 stipend, research support resources and mentorship. Fellows shall not receive additional revenue for their duties during this program. 

Fellows receive health insurance and vacation benefits. Other support available during the Fellowship includes office space with a secure work station equipped with statistical, word processing, and database management software and statisticians available for in-house consultation and guidance on analysis. 

Fellowship to begin July 1, 2019.​​

Formal Application Steps 
To apply, please assemble the following documents into a single PDF document and submit by February 1, 2019:

  1. Cover Letter including personal information and contact information.
  2. Current curriculum vitae (CV) 
  3. Three-page description of your statement of interest/research proposal. Please describe how this Fellowship Program aligns with your professional career goals and identify potential mentors among the D2V investigators.  
  4. Three letters of recommendation addressing suitability for the postdoctoral position. 

Please submit your application package via e-mail to Kyle.Bishop@ucdenver.edu​.​ Should any of your recommenders prefer that their letter remain confidential, they may send their letter directly to the same e-mail address.