Harvard University (postdoctoral pediatric), Boston

Institutional Training Programs

AHRQ funds 18 institutions which recruit and train predoctoral and/or postdoctoral health services researchers. Details on characteristics of the Harvard University program and its self-identified areas of research interest are described.


Jonathan Finkelstein,M.D.M.P.H., Program Director
Dept. of Medicine, Hunnewell 2
300 Longwood Ave
Boston MA 02115

Web site: http://www.childrenshospital.org/pedresearch/  

Content Areas

  • Patient Safety and Quality.
  • Child Health Quality Measurement and Improvement.
  • Patient and Family Centered Care.
  • Child Health Clinical Outcomes/Effectiveness.
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research.
  • Implementation Science.
  • Payment, Market, and Organization.
  • Disparities.
  • Informatics.
  • Child Health Community Systems.
  • Child Health Care System Evaluation.
  • Priority Populations (children).
  • Child Health Evidence-based Medicine.
  • Primary Care (in child health).
  • Child Health Policy.
  • Child and Adolescent Disability.

Program Description

The goal of this post-doctoral training program is to train excellent  researchers who can address the well-documented critical gaps in child health services research and fundamentally improve the capacity of the US health care system to meet the needs of children and families, including socio-economically disadvantaged and minority populations. This focus on children is responsive to AHRQ's designation of children as a priority population. 

The program provides:

  1. Research training, including coursework in core methodologies at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) leading to an MPH and small-group interactive seminars.
  2. Structured research guidance by experienced mentorship teams, access to a diverse faculty and health services research "basic scientists" versed in disciplines required for cutting edge research, and preparation for presentations, publications, and grant submissions.
  3. Support for career transition, including successful competition for career development awards.

The program seeks to recruit and retain a diverse group of trainees, including those from underrepresented minority groups.

Components: Research projects, structured seminars, intensive mentorship, M.P.H. at Harvard School of Public Health in clinical effectiveness, clinical experience, ongoing career development, continuous program evaluation and improvement.

Research sites: Boston Children's Hospital; MassGeneral Hospital for Children; Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School.

Eligibility: Outstanding generalists and subspecialists in pediatrics, postdoctoral clinicians and scientists in related fields; U.S. citizenship; women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Subspeciality joint fellowship partners have included Emergency Medicine, Hematology and Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Endocrinology, Anesthesiology, Gastroenterology, Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), Surgery, Cardiology, Psychology/Psychiatry.

Application deadline: October 1 of year prior to July entry. 

Application contact: Donna Luff, PhD., Associate Program Director,  Boston Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave AU-522, Boston, MA 02115. Phone: 617-355-7988. Email: donna.luff@childrens.harvard.edu.

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Page originally created August 2008
Internet Citation: Harvard University (postdoctoral pediatric), Boston. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/training-grants/grants/active/t32/T32-harv2.html