The VA General Medicine Fellowship site is located at the Jamaica Plain Campus of the VA Boston Healthcare System, within walking distance or a short “T” ride from the Harvard School of Public Health. VA Boston offers numerous resources to support research activities for general internal medicine fellows and faculty members. These include the Center for Organizational Leadership, Management and Research (COLMR), one of 14 national VA Centers of Excellence for Health Services Research and the Massachusetts VA Epidemiology Research and Information Center (MAVERIC), which is a research unit featuring more than 100 staff and faculty members and wide-reaching access to a host of VA datasets and databases.
The VA General Internal Medicine program is centered in the Section of General Internal Medicine, led by Steven Simon, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Simon is Associate Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and is also the Chief of the Section. In addition to strong linkages to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Section maintains close affiliations with investigators at Boston University and Boston Medical Center, allowing fellows opportunities for multi-institutional collaboration.
Researchers affiliated with the Section of General Internal Medicine at VA Boston conduct a wide range of interventional and observational studies with an emphasis on the use of education and health information technology to improve the quality and safety of health care. Expertise also exists in survey methodology, qualitative research, health disparities, prevention, among other areas.
A few examples from prior Fellows' research include:
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