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Medical Education
Center for Faculty Educators

VA Fellowship in Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research

From left: Leslie Floren, PharmD; Bridget O'Brien, PhD; and Rosalind De Lisser, RN, MS, NPThe Advanced Fellowship in Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research provides two years of formal training and mentoring in educational scholarship with a focus on projects within the San Francisco VA (SFVA).


The purpose of the fellowship program is to develop experts to advance healthcare education through practice, inquiry and improvement, with a special focus on program evaluation and educational research.



Entry Year Name Department Completion Year
2015 Rosalind De Lisser, RN, MS, NP   Community Health Systems 2017
2015 Leslie Floren, PharmD Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences 2017
2016 Laura Byerly, MD Medicine 2018


Program Options

Fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with existing programs in the SFVA that can benefit from assistance with focused evaluation and research projects. Formal training will be provided by UCSF, which consists of two options:

Option 1: UCSF Health Professions Educator Fellowship 

Option 2: UCSF-Utrecht University Medical Center (Utrecht UMC) Doctoral Program

In Option 1, fellows may enroll in the Teaching Scholars Program (which is a year-long, half-day a week academic program that trains faculty members to be educational leaders, innovators and scholars) or the Health Professions Education Pathway to Discovery (which is a year-long program that trains students, residents and fellows to be future leaders, innovators and scholars).

Interested faculty and trainees may inquire about the option to pursue an MA degree in education during this fellowship.

In Option 2, qualified fellows may enroll in the UCSF's collaborative Doctoral Program in Health Professions Education with Utrecht University Medical Center (UMC Utrecht). This is an approximately four-year, part-time doctoral program with intense mentoring on educational research. In both programs, fellows will learn about theories of teaching and learning, innovative teaching practices, assessment and evaluation, leadership, research and scholarship, and VA programs and data systems.

Program Details


Applicants must have completed accredited residency training in a medical specialty or advanced training in a nursing or associated health specialty. 


The stipend rate will be based on years of previously completed ACGME or AOA accredited residency training and equivalent experiences as determined by OAA and index rates approved at the affiliated university and the respective VA facility.

Physician, nurse, and associated health fellows will spend approximately 70 percent of their time in training, development, and implementation of projects related to the practice and advancement of healthcare education.  No more than 30 percent time shall be spent in direct clinical care. Fellows must conduct the majority of their clinical care and clinical education responsibilities at a VA facility.  Should a site wish to have fellows conduct these activities at non-VA sites, prior written approval from the Office of Academic Affiliations must be obtained. Fellows are expected to carry out the majority of their research and educational activities at a VA facility.

Application Process

Application Timeline
  • Ideally, applications will be received by May 15 annually. However, we also consider applications on a rolling basis so please inquire further.
  • Notification: Approximately 30 days after application date.
  • Earliest program start date: flexible.

To apply to the fellowship:

1. Prepare an application packet, including: 

  • Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Support acknowledging release time
    • Trainees: from residency or fellowship program director
    • Faculty: from department chair or division chief

2. Assemble into a single .pdf document.

3. E-mail applications to: Bridget O’Brien, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Center for Faculty Educators, 

4. Contact us if you have any questions prior to submitting your application.


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Co-sponsored by UCSF Center for Faculty Educators and the VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA)