Post-Graduate Medical Education Training
The Division of General Medicine does not have a formal fellowship, but offers opportunities for training in research related to clinical care, quality improvement, medical education, health literacy, under-served populations, and related topics. Interested candidates are recruited by the Division Chief with faculty appointments and an understanding that they will work half-time as clinician-educators on the faculty and spend the remainder of their time in a mentored research project and enrolled in an established program such as the Master of Public Health (MPH) available through the Rollins School of Public Health or the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) available through the Emory University School of Medicine.
After two years, enrollees in these programs are expected to obtain a Master’s Degree and complete a research project preparing them to pursue federal funding. At that point, most will join as full-time faculty members of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.
Since 2012, Atlanta VA Health Care System has an Internal Medicine Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety (CRQS) position, which is a year-long, post-residency position.
CRQS is both a teaching and learning role, which is different from the more traditional administrative role of chief residents. The position promotes a year of scholarly, clinical, and educational work best suited for residents with a strong interest in systems-based quality improvement and safety initiatives. During the year the CRQS is trained in quality improvement, patient safety, and health system methods through a national and local curriculum. These skills are applied to residency education and local quality improvement projects. The CRQS enhances the ability to care for patients by redesigning medical education and patient care initiatives to include a focus on quality and patient safety.
The VA Quality Scholars Program (VAQS) is the premier training program in quality improvement and patient safety at the United States Department for Veterans Affairs. For over 15 years, VA Quality Scholars has served as an international bellwether for training healthcare professionals in quality improvement scholarship. The mission of the VA Quality Scholars program is to develop leaders, researchers, and educators who will lead the way in quality improvement healthcare.
The VA Quality Scholars program consists of eight sites across the United States, as well as an affiliate site in Toronto, Canada. Each site in the US consists of partnerships between a VA hospital and academic affiliates. The VAQS program includes physicians and pre- and post-doctoral nurses as fellows who participate in an interprofessional curriculum. Each site is directed by two Senior Scholars, an accomplished academic physician and doctoral-prepared nurse, and one or more other faculty experienced in mentoring and research in health care quality and patient safety. Mentoring is a critical part of the program and faculty view each fellow as an individual with unique needs.
For more information about the VA Quality Scholars Advanced Fellowship Program at the Atlanta VA Site please contact Anne Tomolo, MD, MPH, Fellowship Site Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also learn more at the national program's website (https://www.vaqs.org/) and VA Office of Academic Affiliations website: (https://www.va.gov/oaa/SpecialFellows/programs/SF_NQSF_default.asp)