Primary Care Innovation Fellowship

Apply for Fellowship

Please submit your application by May 17, 2019.

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.

Purpose of the Fellowship

This fellowship is designed for individuals that have a passion for improving family medicine and primary care. The 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 or projects that explore how a concept in industrial and systems engineering might be applied to family medicine and primary 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
  • In a family medicine residency or fellowship with a letter of support from the residency or fellowship program
  • 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
  • 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

What We Expect of the Fellow

  • Devote an average of four hours per week during the fellowship period (how the time would be distributed throughout the fellowship will depend on the proposed project).
  • Commit to travel needed to complete the fellowship project. Travel includes the opportunity to attend national conferences and an AAFP event. The fellow will be permitted up to four trips at two days each to a major U.S. city for a total of up to eight days of travel.
  • Work with AAFP staff and mentor(s) to convert the proposed project and timeline into a project plan inclusive of a project charter and work breakdown structure.
  • Completion of a project during the fellowship period.
  • Participate in meetings with AAFP staff and mentor(s) throughout the fellowship as needed to complete the project.
  • Basic laptop or desktop computer and internet access.

Apply for Fellowship

Please submit your application by May 17, 2019.

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Questions?

Please contact us at ehealth@aafp.org.

Previous Fellows' Projects

Joey Nichols, MD

Joey Nichols, MD

Supporting Primary Care Workflows With a Common Microservices Architecture for Health Information Technology Systems

 

Erkin Otles, MSE, MD-PhD Candidate

Erkin Otles, MSE, MD-PhD Candidate

Feasibility of Extending Existing Voice Recognition and Artificial Intelligence Technologies to Develop a Digital Scribe

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 fellow.
  • 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 and timeline into a project plan .
  • Support for the procurement of resources or collaborations needed to complete the project, as applicable and feasible.

Selection Process

AAFP staff will review initial submissions and a set of finalists will be selected from the qualified applicants. Once a fellow is selected from the finalists they will be notified and contracting will begin. An alternate finalist will be selected should the originally selected applicant decide not to commit to the fellowship. All applicants will be notified as soon as a fellow has been selected.

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Questions?

Please contact us at ehealth@aafp.org.

Previous Fellows' Projects

Joey Nichols, MD

Joey Nichols, MD

Supporting Primary Care Workflows With a Common Microservices Architecture for Health Information Technology Systems

 

Erkin Otles, MSE, MD-PhD Candidate

Erkin Otles, MSE, MD-PhD Candidate

Feasibility of Extending Existing Voice Recognition and Artificial Intelligence Technologies to Develop a Digital Scribe