The Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research (HPEER) Fellowship in Houston, Texas offers physicians completing residency training as well as master’s level and doctorally prepared trainees the unique opportunity to improve veteran healthcare quality through curriculum development and implementation, instructional design, educational innovation and research, and educational evaluation. This advanced interdisciplinary program combines a hands-on experiential learning with an individualized approach to meet the needs of each healthcare professional’s interests. The Fellowship is actively recruiting for the next cohort. Applications are also being accepted for rolling admission. Post-doctoral PhDs, 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. 

HPEER Fellows

Shruthi Rajashekara
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Shruthi Rajashekara, MD, MMSc

Methods & Analysis Course Leader
Leading Healthcare Improvement Course Leader
Shruthi.Rajashekara@va.gov

Sudha Yarlagadda, MD

QI Core & Fellows Forum Course Instructor
Career & Scholarship Course Instructor
Sudha.Yarlagadda@va.gov

Alumni

2018

Campbell

Claire Campbell, MD

Mapakshi

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

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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

2017

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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).

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Isabelle Kusters, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical, Health, and Applied Sciences at the University of Houston Clear Lake, and a Health Policy Scholar at the Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy.  Dr. Kusters’ current research focuses on health insurance coverage and access to cancer screening services for immigrant populations. She is also interested in the ways in which translation and interpretation services affect access to, and quality of, care for limited English proficient patients.  Dr. Kusters 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 graduate degrees at the University of Texas School of Public Health, and an undergraduate diploma from the University of Texas at Austin.

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

 

2016

Jess Uriarte 3

Jessica Uriarte, DrPH leads the Office of Academic Development at the Houston Methodist Hospital System. She is a dynamic professional specializing in using simulation and case-based learning methods in instructional design for healthcare professionals. Her doctorate in Public Health and post-doctoral fellowship work in quality improvement allow her to approach healthcare training from a broad, systems perspective. With more than 12 years in healthcare training experience, Dr. Uriarte now researches the effects of training in healthcare settings on clinical outcomes.