VA HSRD Updates All HSRD web updates Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:09:33 EST en-us News: Easy-to-Use Advance Care Planning (ACP) Tools Increase Planning among Older Veterans (08/22/2017) Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:00:00 EST Publication: HSR&D Research Briefs (08/21/2017) Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:00:00 EST Job: CIDER Director (08/18/2017) Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:00 EST

Open to: Current/former federal employees, Veterans

This position serves as the Director of the National Center for Information Dissemination andEducation Resources (CIDER), the only Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) national Resource Center for dissemination/communication and education. CIDER's mission is to improve the health and care of Veterans by disseminating important findings and information from HSR&D research to policymakers, managers; clinicians, and researchers throughout VA and the larger healthcare community and to continuously enhance and improve HSR&D's dissemination efforts and effectiveness.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Directing comprehensive analysis of the HSR&D research portfolio and evaluates the needs, strategic plans and goals of HSR&D dissemination/communication, education, and policy development activities.
  • Making recommendations for new directions, initiatives, policy and procedures.
  • Being responsible for workforce development and succession planning.
  • Managing the complexities of disseminating sensitive or controversial findings through appropriate VHA channels including, Office of Research and Development, the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, and the Under Secretary for Health (USH).
  • Supervising and oversight of personnel within the program.
  • Establishing work priorities and tracking progress on all CIDER projects and ensuring targeted dissemination/communication of the highest quality HSR&D research.
  • Identifying the need for and develops plans for necessary organizational changes to maximize efficiency.
  • Ensuring fiscal accountability for program funds including overseeing the management of the budget and program expenditures, ensuring that appropriate internal control systems are in place and preparing budget requests.

Closing date: Friday, September 1, 2017

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News: <i>Medical Care</i> Supplement Features HSR&D Research on Health Equity (08/16/2017) Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:00:00 EST Publication: Benefits and Harms of Cannabis in Chronic Pain or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review (08/15/2017) Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:00:00 EST Publication: Suicide Prevention (08/02/2017) Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:00:00 EST Job: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women's Health (07/06/2017) Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:00:00 EST

The Women's Health (WH) Fellowship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is recruiting associated health professionals for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship program. The goal of the program is to cultivate women's health research professionals to develop careers that will contribute to the VA's core missions of: 1) delivering high quality gender specific care to women veterans, 2) educating the next generation of providers to provide this same high quality of care and, 3) evaluating both the delivery and quality of care for women veterans.

Program Description: This interdisciplinary program aims to train associated health professionals for an academic research career with a focus on women's health. Individualized, mentored research and clinical training is combined with a curriculum that emphasizes research methods, statistics, epidemiology, quality improvement methods, education, and service delivery. Mentoring involves a VA-based investigator and (as appropriate) a co-mentor from our academic affiliate, the University of Pittsburgh. All Fellows, regardless of discipline, will be expected to: 1) have a clinical presence of at least 25% in the VA Pittsburgh Women's Health Center, if appropriate 2) attend and participate in the weekly WH Seminar series and the twice yearly VA WH Update; and 3) attend (with mentor) and present at the Interdisciplinary Fellowship Seminar where progress in meeting goals is reviewed and feedback is given by the Fellowship Advisory Committee. Fellows must be U.S. citizens.

How to Apply: Interested associated health professionals who meet the eligibility requirements should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and transcripts to Karin Daniels PhD ( The cover letter should specify the reasons for your interest in this particular fellowship training program, a brief overview of your previous clinical and research experiences, and how you see this program promoting your professional and career goals. In addition, three letters of recommendation should be sent via email directly from the letter writers. The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is an equal opportunity employer.

The Women's Health (WH) Fellowship at VAPHS is one of four Advanced Fellowships housed within the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP).

Job: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research (07/06/2017) Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:00:00 EST

CHERP is a VA HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN) co-located at the VA Medical Centers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania. Our primary research focus is on detecting, understanding, and reducing disparities in health and health care among a broad range of vulnerable populations. We also support two additional research foci designed to: (1) improve the effectiveness, safety, and value of clinical therapeutics (i.e., medications, procedures); and (2) apply the principles and techniques of behavioral economics to improve the health and health care of Veterans and other populations. Our post-doctoral training program encompasses these three focus areas.

CHERP's 2-year post-doctoral training program is designed to provide fellows with: (1) advanced interprofessional training in health services research, implementation science, and health system quality improvement; (2) mentored research experiences leading to peer-reviewed publications; and (3) competency in interprofessional collaboration. Didactic and experiential training plans are tailored to the interests and needs of selected fellows. Ultimately, our program aims to prepare fellows to become national leaders in health services research and health care improvement.

The training program is co-directed by Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD and Galen Switzer, PhD in collaboration with Associate Directors Michael Fine, MD, MSc and Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH. Selected fellows will be mentored by these program leaders and other CHERP faculty who have broad expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methodology (e.g., clinical trial development, QI, large database analysis, pharmacoeconomics, psychometrics, econometrics, decision and cost-effectiveness analysis, meta-analysis, technology assessment, and implementation science).

Fellows receive an annual stipend, health insurance, and limited support for training and research activities. There are no teaching, service, or payback requirements. Fellows will engage in scholarly projects of their own design under the guidance of senior program faculty. They will have opportunities to enroll in and/or audit Masters' level courses and/or certificate programs and to serve as Teaching Assistants at the University of Pennsylvania or the University of Pittsburgh. These fellowship positions are supported by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations.

Fellows must be US citizens and have obtained a PhD, medical degree (MD), or other professional doctoral degree. Physicians and other clinical and non-clinical professionals are encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a CV, a letter detailing their proposed training and research program, and three letters of reference to Carson Clark (Philadelphia) at or Karin Daniels (Pittsburgh) at

Publication: Evidence Brief: Use of Performance Measures as Criteria for Selecting Community Cardiac and Orthopedic Surgical Providers for the Veterans Choice Program (07/05/2017) Wed, 05 Jul 2017 09:00:00 EST Feature: Improving the Safety of Opioid Treatment (07/03/2017) Mon, 03 Jul 2017 09:00:00 EST Publication: Access Management Improvement (06/29/2017) Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST Award: HSR&D Investigator Katie Suda Receives CDC Shepard Award (06/29/2017) Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST Announcement: HSR&D Podcasts (06/26/2017) Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST Live! From AcademyHealth ]]> Job: Director, CHOIR Bedford (06/21/2017) Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST

Edith Nourse Rogers VA in Bedford, MA seeks a dynamic, academically oriented leader for its Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Innovation (COIN) jointly based at Edith Nourse Rogers VA and VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA. The COIN - the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) - contains an extensive portfolio (in FY15) of 88 funded research projects and programs, with a total annual budget of over $13 million. The 52 doctorally-trained core investigators at CHOIR are highly productive academically and contribute to a large, vibrant pre- and post-doctoral training program for both MD and PhD researchers.

Potential candidates will be senior MD investigators with scholarly expertise in health services research and/or one or more of its many constituent fields, with leadership and administrative experience, and with a strong, proven track-record of obtaining peer-reviewed funding. The position will be a full-time appointment based at the Bedford campus. Candidates should hold, or be eligible for academic appointment as a Professor or Associate Professor at Boston University or University of Massachusetts Medical School. Full salary and benefits package are competitive and commensurate with experience. A recruitment incentive is approved.

Applications will be reviewed as received and will be accepted until the position is filled.

See complete details and application procedures.

Publication: Management of Antiplatelet Therapy among Patients on Antiplatelet Therapy for Coronary or Cerebrovascular Disease (06/19/2017) Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST News: <i>Medical Care</i> Supplement Highlights VA Choice Act (06/16/2017) Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST News: Medicare Could Learn a Thing or Two from VA (06/15/2017) Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST Publication: Systematic Review: The Effectiveness of Health Coaching (06/09/2017) Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST Publication: Forum (06/07/2017) Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST Feature: Brain Health Research (06/06/2017) Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST Announcement: Director for Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER) (06/05/2017) Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST Job: Physician - Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development (Open Continuous Annoucement) (05/30/2017) Tue, 30 May 2017 09:00:00 EST

VASLCHCS is recruiting for an Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development (ACOS/R&D) to join the Medical Center's Chief of Staff and the Executive Leadership team in leading the VASLCHCS to fullfill its mission in serving our veterans. The ACOS/R&D is an academic physician responsible for defining the mission, and overseeing the operation, of the research service. The research service is a diverse group, including clinicians from all sections, PhD researchers, Pharmacists and Nurses, as well as a veterinary medical unit.

This announcement is open to United States citizens until the vacancy is filled.

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Job: Research Scientist - Clinical Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness (05/24/2017) Wed, 24 May 2017 09:00:00 EST

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist based at the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt).

We are seeking MD or PhD candidates to conduct comparative effectiveness research in prevention, screening, diagnostics or treatments (including pharmacologic, behavioral, and other treatment strategies). Established investigators at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with a track record of publications in the areas of comparative effectiveness, clinical epidemiology or clinical trials are preferred. Candidates will be expected to conduct research for at least 75% of the time and a highly competitive start up package will be offered commensurate with experience and record of success.

IQuESt, located in the Texas Medical Center with 35,000 sq. ft. of contiguous office space, has a strong portfolio of federally funded, multidisciplinary research. It houses over 190 staff; 45 are research faculty from either clinical and/or non-clinical disciplines, such as epidemiology, biostatistics, and psychometrics. Our research extends from patient experience, to clinical practice and outcomes of care, and to the development of health care policy. We have an established track record of supporting, mentoring and developing outstanding research leaders. Some faculty hold joint or adjunct appointments at Rice University, The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and School of Public Health, University of Houston, and Texas A&M University.

A summary of all activities of our Center are available on our website:

Required Qualifications:

  • Fellowship trained MD or PhD.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employers.


Thomas P. Giordano, MD, MPH
Chief, Clinical Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Program
c/o Edward Pomer
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 01Y
Houston, TX 77021 or Phone: 713-440-4477

Please reference "Comparative Effectiveness Investigator" in subject line.

Announcement: Solicitation for Patient Safety Centers for Inquiry (05/23/2017) Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:00 EST September 8, 2017. ]]> Job: Assistant Professor - Research Methodology (05/23/2017) Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:00 EST

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the VCU Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering (CERSE) invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor, Research Methodology. This position will be housed in CERSE, a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, University-approved Center of Excellence furthering rehabilitation science and serving the needs of persons with disabilities. The incumbent for this position will be required to aid in the design of studies, complete data analysis plans, conduct power analyses and estimate sample sizes, assist in grant writing, report production, and the development of scholarly publications. This position is dependent upon external funding.

The position requires a doctoral degree in research methodology, bio-statistics, statistics, or a closely related field; a minimum of three years of independent programmatic, published research, experience in grant writing skills, including participation on Federal grants, experience in working in multi-disciplinary research situations, ability to communicate and work closely with departmental and center staff at all levels. Must be a U.S. citizen or work eligible, ability to work in a team environment is essential. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU. See for details.

This position will be open until filled.