Health Professions Education Evaluation Research Fellowship

 The Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research Fellowship in Houston, Texas offers a paid, full-time, two-year fellowship to physicians completing residency training as well as master’s level and doctorally prepared trainees. Fellows have the unique opportunity to lead change in healthcare quality through program implementation and evaluation, curriculum development and design, educational innovation and research. This advanced interdisciplinary program combines hands-on, experiential learning in improvement and implementation science with an individualized approach to meet the needs of each healthcare professional’s interests. Fellows also will receive interprofessional mentoring and gain exposure to a national network of experts in quality improvement and education. Post-doctoral PhDs (clinical and non-clinical), doctorally- trained clinicians such as nurses, psychologists, pharmacists and social workers, as well as physicians completing their residency training are encouraged to apply. 

The Fellowship offers many benefits including:

  • A paid full-time fellowship (stipend plus books) through the VA Office of Academic Affiliations.
  • A two-year program cultivating expertise in development, implementation, and evaluation of a Core Curriculum centered on quality improvement and patient safety to a national audience of interprofessional post-doctoral fellows.
  • Interprofessional mentoring on career development and education practicums resulting in scholarly products.
  • Personalized training opportunities depending on your specific area of interest (i.e., instructional design, evaluation, distance-learning, curriculum development and implementation, educational research, interprofessional communication, collaboration and teamwork).

All eligible candidates:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must have completed a doctoral degree prior to entering the fellowship program
  • Cannot concurrently participate in any other fellowship

MD candidates:

  • Must be U.S. board eligible (any specialty)
  • Must have completed clinical training prior to entering program
  • A full medical license recommended (or currently applying for a license)

If interested, please contact the Education Coordinator for more information on how to apply. 

First Year Fellows
Kelley Arredondo, PhD

Joshua Hamer, PhD

Second Year Fellow
Sudha Yarlagadda, MD

Shruthi Raajashekara, MD, MMSc

Claire Campbell, MD

Srikar Mapakshi, MD is a GI Fellow at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX

Megan Gregory, PhD, is an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and with the Center for the Advancement of Team Science, Analytics, and Systems Thinking in Health Services Research (CATALYST) at Ohio State University. Her research examines individual, social, and organizational factors and conditions that impact healthcare teams. Dr. Gregory also seeks to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions, tools, and educational programs (including simulation) to improve healthcare teamwork. Dr. Gregory completed her advanced fellowship in Health Professions Education, Evaluation and Research at the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness & Safety with the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida, where she worked for the Institute for Simulation and Training

 Jennifer Bryan, PhD, is an investigator with the VA South Central Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) Education Core and Assistant Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Baylor College of Medicine.  Dr. Bryan’s research focuses on individuals’ perceptions of situations that occur throughout their daily lives, and how these perceptions effect behavioral and physical health.  She is passionate about creating engaging patient education. Moreover, she is interested in implementation and dissemination of brief evidence based interventions and educational training. Dr. Bryan completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety and at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in social psychology, with emphases in health psychology, and a minor in health education at the University of Houston, and her B.S. in biology from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Outside of work, Dr. Bryan enjoys traveling the world with and spending time with her husband and their fur babies, Rizzle Marie (a 70 pound lap dog) and Kitty Meow (a stray cat who joined the family after falling in love with Rizzle).


Anand Narayanan, MD Internal Medicine Resident, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Jessica Uriarte, DrPH