Health Services Research Fellowship Programs - Seattle-Denver Center of Innovation (COIN)
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Health Services Research Fellowship Programs

13 January 2022

COIN participates in the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Health Services Research & Development trains and mentors the next generation of VA HSR&D scientists and physician scientists. Both the Seattle and Denver sites offer PhD and MD Fellowships. Meet some of the COIN Fellows.

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Denver Fellowships


The Fellowship works closely with AcademyHealth as a national coordinating center to provide high-quality training and curriculum focused on Learning Health Systems (LHS) core competencies. The two-year Fellowship is designed to have novice PhD researchers develop and apply their research skills by completing a publishable research project. Emphasis is placed on one-on-one mentorship and peer interaction.

Denver offers both PhD and MD Fellowships and is led by Catherine Battaglia, PhD, RN and Christine Jones, MD, MS.

Denver PhD Fellowship

The PhD Fellowship provides research experiences that will better position the research fellows to impact and improve Veterans health. PhD Fellows will do so through healthcare improvement activities and projects, in addition to activities related to scholarship (e.g., manuscripts, presentations, grants).

The PhD Fellowship is chaired by Dr. Cathy Battaglia and affiliated with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Download the flyer for the PhD program including application details.

Denver MD Fellowship

The MD Fellowship provides research experiences that will better position the research fellows to impact and improve Veterans health. MD Fellows can expect to spend 75 percent of their time in research, healthcare improvement, and/or educational activities and 25 percent in clinical care. The MD Fellowship is chaired by Dr. Jones and affiliated with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Download the flyer for the MD program including application details.

Seattle Fellowships


Seattle offers both PhD Fellowships led by John C. Fortney, PhD and MD Fellowships led by Laura Feemster, MD, MS and Charles C. Engel, MD, MPH.

Seattle PhD Fellowship

The PhD Fellowship increases skills in health services research. Fellows are expected to engage in full-time research on a publishable health services project, participate in related educational activities including selected course work at the University of Washington (UW), and participate in VA research review meetings. The PhD Fellowship is co-chaired by Drs. Williams and Fortney.

Download the flyer for the PhD program including application details.

Seattle MD Fellowship

The MD Fellowship is for physicians who have completed residency training and focuses on preparing physicians for successful careers in academic medicine as independent researchers and trains physicians pursuing a wide variety of research and clinical interests, including General Internal Medicine and its specialties. The MD Fellowship is co-chaired by Drs. Feemster and Engel.

Click here for the MD program including application details.