Health Services Research Opportunities for Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows
The Center on Health Services Research and Training (CoHSTAR) was funded by the Foundation for Physical Therapy to meet a recognized need for increased health services research (HSR) capacity and research evidence. CoHSTARÕs mission is to train rehabilitation professionals in health services research that informs rehabilitation practice, care delivery, and policy. This session will focus on CoHSTARÕs unique program of training opportunities for postdoctoral fellows and physical therapy faculty members (faculty fellows).Ê These programs help to bridge the gap between PhD completion and becoming a successful independent investigator, with training targeted to develop skills and substantive knowledge in HSR. To date, CoHSTAR has trained 13 fellows. Fellowship training typically involves immersion in a mentorÕs research program and mentored independent research, and can include formal coursework, informal training, and training in grantsmanship. CoHSTAR fellows are introduced to highly productive HSR research environments and build new and lasting collaborative relationships with faculty and other trainees. In this session, CoHSTAR fellows will discuss their research activities and talk about the impact that the fellowship has had on their career trajectories. A panel of fellows will discuss their decisions to pursue fellowship training, explain why they chose CoHSTAR, and answer attendee questions.