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VA Advanced Fellowship

VA’s OAA Advanced Fellowship in Health Services Research and
Development Postdoctoral Fellowship

Co-Directors - Michelle Mengeling, PhD, MS and Kumar Bharat, MD


Fellows can be clinicians or non-clinician scientists who have completed doctoral-level training (e.g., MD, DDS, DPM, PhD).

  • Clinician applicants can be physicians and dentists who have completed residency training, as well as nurses, pharmacists, and clinical psychologists who have completed doctoral-level training.
  • Non-clinician applicants can be doctoral-trained individuals in fields relevant to healthcare (e.g., economics, statistics, epidemiology, public health, health policy, psychology, anthropology, sociology, communications, and other fields)
  • Must be a US Citizen

Training and Experience

Fellows will:

  • Spend approximately 80% of their time in research and education and 20% in clinical care (clinicians) or healthcare system improvement activities (non-clinicians)
  • Be provided with a competitive stipend and health insurance as a VA employee
  • Develop an individual development plan (IDP) tailored to the fellow’s strengths and interests with support from their primary mentor and the fellowship Co-Directors
  • Collaborate with a primary mentor, other senior VA CADRE faculty, and our academic affiliates in the University of Iowa’s (UI) Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, the UI department of Psychology and Brain Science, and the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) 


PhD Candidates: We are accepting applications through January 15th each year. Thereafter, PhD applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis provided there are openings

MD Candidates:
We are accepting applications at any time

Start Date:
Fellowships begin in the fall of each year


Application materials should include:
  • A personal statement
  • CV
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • (Optional) Proposed CADRE mentor(s), research subject areas, and/or research or project ideas

 Interested candidates should send their application materials to:

 2022-2024 Fellows

Dr. Pratt is interested in the intersection of public health and industrial hygiene. Her dissertation focused on infectious disease and evaluated face shields for controlling inhalation exposure. This has implications for controlling the spread of viruses in workplace settings.

Dr. Smith is an internal medicine physician who is interested in health services and epidemiology research. A recent publication of his focused on “Using Audit and Feedback to Improve Antimicrobial Prescribing in Emergency Departments”.

Post-Fellowship Opportunities

Upon fellowship completion, fellows desiring to continue their career locally have multiple opportunities to compete for funding, such as:

  • VA HSR&D’s Career Development Award
  • Internal funding (e.g., CADRE’s Small Award Initiative for Impact (SWIFT) program)
  • The Rural Career Development Award (rural CDA) within VRHRC-IC, which provides 2 years of additional support and protected time for mentored rural health focused research.
  • For clinicians, Rural Scholars Fellowship Program - Rural Scholars receive 50% of their time protected from clinical care over two years to engage in a virtual curriculum in rural health care improvement and systems redesign.
  • Our academic affiliate’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) KL2 Career Development Award
  • Applying for other federal funding (e.g., NIH, AHRQ)
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