While increasing numbers of researchers are studying the complex factors that affect the health of children, fundamental issues in pediatric health care remain unresolved. The Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program trains future HSR investigators to produce actionable — rather than merely explanatory — research and to develop new methods to translate these research findings into healthcare practice, policy, and population health.
Graduates of the HSR Fellowship Program have become successful independent health services researchers in leading pediatric centers. Our success is a result of many factors, including:
- a highly structured curriculum and research environment
- personalized mentoring
- a collaborative environment
- access to expert methodologists and to the vast, multidisciplinary resources and faculty of the Harvard institutions.
Fellowship learning opportunities
- individualized mentorship on a minimum of two studies
- coursework at the Harvard School of Public Health leading to an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness
- program seminars, including guest and faculty presentations, research skills sessions, discussions of pertinent publications, and works-in-progress sessions
- 80 to 90 percent research, 10 to 20 percent clinical
Collaboration across Harvard institutions
The HSR Fellowship Program is a collaborative program operating across three research sites: Boston Children's Hospital, where the program is based; the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of General Academic Pediatrics; and the Department of Population Medicine (DPM) of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. The collaborative structure of the program provides fellows with access to the broad and deep resources of the Harvard institutions.
Fellows come from general and subspecialty backgrounds. We have trained fellows from diverse fields including general pediatrics, intensive care, emergency care, anesthesiology, neonatology, general and ophthalmologic surgery, radiology, neurology, dermatology, psychiatry, genetics, gastroenterology, pulmonology, infectious diseases, hematology, oncology, endocrinology, ethics, and hospitalist medicine. We have trained PhDs in nursing, psychology, and public health.