Weill Cornell Medical College, New York

Institutional Training Programs

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

Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluative Sciences Research

Program Director / Contact Information

Mary Charlson, M.D.
Program Director
Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluative Science Research
Weil Cornell Medical College
1300 York Avenue, Box #46
New York, NY 10065
Phone: 646-962-5050

Web site: http://cornellmedicine.com/clinical_practices_and_divisions/general_internal_medicine/fellowships.html  

Content Areas

  • Clinical Epidemiology.
  • Biostatistics.
  • Health Policy, Economics, and Health Services Research.
  • Behavioral Science, Health Promotion, and Disease Prevention.
  • Medical Informatics.
  • Data Analysis.
  • Information Systems and Education.
  • Medical Ethics.
  • Grant Writing.
  • Healthcare Disparities.
  • Patient Safety.
  • Quality Improvement.
  • Translating Research into Practice and Policy.
  • Patient-centered Care and Education

Program Description

The objective of this post-graduate program is to train physicians investigators to conduct methodologically rigorous health services research focused on improving clinical practice and  improving our health systems' ability to provide high quality, high value, effective health care that is useful  for policy makers and relevant to stakeholders.  We have a special emphasis on health disparities and improving quality. Our strength has been developing physicians to perform question-driven multidisciplinary research and preparing them to be independent investigators, with a special emphasis on developing minority investigators.

The interdisciplinary two-year program combines a didactic curriculum designed to provide conceptual and practical foundations and core competencies in health services research coupled with fellows' own independent research project leading to a Master's degree.  Fellows are expected to complete all 30 courses in the formal curriculum and integrate the resultant knowledge and skills in the design and conduct of their own research project, which they present every 4-6 weeks at the Advanced Seminar in Health Services Research where mentors, program directors, and fellows provide group feedback.

A central tenet of our program's philosophy is that fellows' projects must be independent. We believe that the fellows' experience of initiating and carrying out their own projects is critical to the success of developing fellows to become independent investigators with their own unique research trajectory.

The program is built on the strengths of our faculty, who have a long history of interdisciplinary research, extensive experience in research training and mentoring, and an outstanding track record of funded research.  These faculty, drawn from clinical epidemiology, health services research, behavioral science, biostatistics, health economics, informatics, health policy, and medical ethics, , have collaborated on multiple, innovative and successful multidisciplinary research studies and training programs over the last decade. We are now joined by experts in communication sciences and implementation sciences. Our faculty also has extensive experience in research targeted at addressing the needs of African American and Latino communities in New York.

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Page originally created August 2008
Internet Citation: Weill Cornell Medical College, New York. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/training-grants/grants/active/t32/T32-weill.html