Primary Care Innovation Fellowship

Apply for Fellowship

Please submit your application by August 31, 2017.

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has one primary care innovation fellowship position available for family physicians and advanced students interested in:

  • Usability of health IT
  • Improving health IT support of great primary care
  • Applying industrial and systems engineering to family medicine

Learn more about the Primary Care Innovation Fellowship.

Apply for Fellowship

Please submit your application by August 31, 2017.

Purpose of the Fellowship

This fellowship will support projects that improve the usability and utility of health IT for family medicine as the health care system makes the transition to value-based care. Additionally, this fellowship aims to foster the next generation of family medicine leaders with an understanding of how to think about systems design and human factors, and to expose advanced industrial and systems engineering students and experts to the opportunities in family medicine and primary care.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for this fellowship, you must be:

  • A member of the AAFP, in practice or teaching, and out of residency and fellowship; or
  • In a family medicine residency or fellowship with a letter of support from the residency or fellowship program; or
  • A Master’s or doctoral student in the domains of usability, data science, or industrial and systems engineering with a letter of support from the program; or
  • A practicing expert in the domains of usability, data science, or industrial and systems engineering interested in primary care with a letter stating intent to direct your work to the realm of primary care in the future
  • A U.S. citizen

You must also:

  • Commit the appropriate time to fulfill the fellowship and complete the project.
  • Commit to travel needed to complete the fellowship. Fellow will be required to complete three (3) overnight trips to a major U.S. city for a total of up to seven (7) days of travel.
  • Submit a proposal for a project to be completed during the fellowship.

Who Should Apply

First and foremost, the applicant must have a passion for improving family medicine and primary care. As applicants will be required to submit a proposed project to be completed during the fellowship, applicants must have an idea for improving usability, utility, or exploring how a concept in industrial and systems engineering might be applied to family medicine and primary care.

The fellowship is considered a part-time commitment and only applicants that are able to devote an average of 4 hours per week for the year of the fellowship (how the time would be distributed throughout the fellowship will depend on the proposed project) should apply. Additionally fellows will be required to travel to national conferences and to an AAFP event; therefore, applicants should only apply if they are able to travel up to 4 times through the year (trips lasting 1-3 days).

What We Expect of the Fellow

  • Ability to devote on average four hours per week during the year of fellowship
  • To work with AAFP staff and mentors to convert the proposed project into a project plan inclusive of a project charter, scope definition document, and work breakdown structure.
  • Completion of a project during the year of fellowship
  • Ability to travel to national conferences and to AAFP events (up to 4 trips during the fellowship).
  • Participate in video meetings with AAFP staff and mentors throughout the fellowship as needed to complete the project.
  • Basic laptop or desktop computer and internet access.

What the Fellow Can Expect of the AAFP

  • Access to AAFP staff to provide guidance and oversight during the fellowship.
  • Access to funds of up to $30,000 to complete the fellow’s project.
  • A $5,000 stipend for the fellowship.
  • Access to nationally recognized experts to mentor the fellow during the fellowship.
  • Paid expenses for fellowship travel.
  • Access to video conferencing services to support communication with mentors and AAFP staff.
  • Support to convert proposed project into a project plan and budget .
  • Support for the procurement of resources or collaborations needed to complete the project, as applicable and feasible.

Selection Process

  1. AAFP staff will review initial submissions and a set of finalists will be selected from the qualified applicants.
  2. When your application is received, we will notify you if we need additional information within seven (7) business days.
  3. Once a fellow is selected from the finalists, AAFP and applicant will finalize the proposed project and timeline.
  4. Should the originally selected applicant decide not to commit to the fellowship, an alternate finalist will be selected.  

Questions?

If you have any questions about the fellowship or the application process, please contact us at ehealth@aafp.org.