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Health Services Research/Academic Generalist Fellowship

The Academic Generalist Fellowship / Health Services Research Program at the Medical University of South Carolina prepares physicians for careers in academic family medicine, general internal medicine, and general pediatrics.  This program is a collaborative effort between the College of Medicine including the Division of General Pediatrics, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Department of Family Medicine, the College of Nursing, and the College of Pharmacy. The fellowship program has been supported by AHRQ's National Research Service Fellowship Program, HRSA National Research Service Fellowship Program, and the HRSA Faculty Development Fellowship Program. The two to three year program is coordinated with the MUSC Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA).

The program is designed to prepare physicians, post-doctoral nurses, pharmacists, and post-doctoral health researchers for productive academic careers as educators and as investigators in health services research. The fellowship program is a two year program with an optional third year that is designed to prepare future generalist faculty members for productive research and academic careers.  As part of the fellowship, each fellow earns a  Masters of Science in Clinical Research degree.   Fellows perform limited clinical work within their specialty while classes, seminars, journal club, research training, and other common training activities are shared by all fellows. 

Fellowship time is structured with 80% research and academic training.  Non-clinicians devote 100% time to research training.   A wide range of research training opportunities exist in the three participating departments and divisions.  These include training in practice-based research networks, patient safety, health information technology, health care disparities, primary care delivery, geriatrics, medical education, and the use of large databases in research.

Missions & Goals

The mission of the Health Services Research/ Academic Generalist Fellowship Program at the Medical University of South Carolina is to prepare fellows for academic careers as educators and investigators. The fellowship program will train physicians, post-doctoral nurses, and pharmacists in the following areas:

  • Conduct health services research in an applied research setting

  • Stimulate improvement in the health care system's responsiveness to diverse groups of patients, including minority, poor, and other underserved patients, both as direct providers and as health services researchers

  • Serve as role models and mentors in health services research

  • Design innovative curricula and educational programs

The program design combines a rigorous educational curriculum and mentored research activities in an environment that emphasizes multidisciplinary Health Services Research (HSR), Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER), and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) approaches to emerging issues in our changing healthcare system. The program faculty includes specific expertise and mentoring skills in identified areas of national need, such as outcomes/health status and quality measurement, biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, decision analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, and health policy.

The Academic Generalist Fellowship / Health Services Research Program fellowship program is designed to provide a sound conceptual, methodological and practical foundation in health services research and to prepare successful academic health service researchers and educators.

Fellowship Program Flyer 2015


Contact Us

Jessica Bright, Fellowship Coordinator
Phone (843) 876-2926   Fax (843) 876-7111  

William T. Basco, Jr., MD, MS
Co-Director, Director of General Pediatrics

William P. Moran, MD, MS
Co-Director, Director of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

Vanessa A. Diaz, MD
Co-Director, Department of Family Medicine