T32 Postdoctoral Primary Care Research Fellowship

Program Directors: Mary Brunette, MD; Martha Bruce, MPH, PhD; James Stahl, MD, MPH; Cathleen Morrow, MD
Contact Email: Mary.F.Brunette@hitchcock.org
Contact Phone Number: (603) 653-6830
Fellows: 2022-2023

Program Description

This fully integrated T32 Northern New England Post-Doctorial Primary Care Research Training Program is creating the next generation of investigators who have the skills to address critical gaps in knowledge as needed to achieve the Quadruple Aim: enhancing patient experience, improving the health of individuals and the population, reducing overall health care costs, and increasing clinical staff resilience. The program leverages the dedicated capacity for real-world health services research in a rural, three-state (New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine) primary-care research network, consisting of the new Academic Support Hub at Dartmouth and the long-established NNE CO-OP PCBRN. This research network is supported by faculty and programs in the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI), and the Dartmouth Health clinical departments of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry. We provide trainees a 2–3-year program including mentored research opportunities and training in core research methods and skills.

Mentored Research Opportunities

We have several mentored research opportunities that focus on establishing fundamental research skills, obtaining preliminary pilot data, writing first-authored manuscripts, and submitting a research project grant or career development award in one or more of Dartmouth Health’s strengths in health care delivery science including:

  • Secondary Analysis of Population-based Data Sets- aimed at identifying best practices related to common, high-cost, and/or complex health conditions within primary care.
  • Intervention Research- real-world primary care practices developing and testing innovative models of care designed to improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs.
  • Implementation Research-  testing innovative approaches to implementing best practices in rural primary care through systems engineering, decision science, and mobile health technologies.

Training in Early-Career Investigator Competencies in Primary Care Research Includes:

  • Individually tailored primary care research mentoring program
  • Seminars in health care delivery science methods and statistics
  • Seminars in implementation research, clinical research informatics, mobile health technology, and human and health systems engineering
  • Potential for a Master's in Public Health (MPH) at TDI
  • Participating in a faculty member’s ongoing research project to develop skills in project management (i.e. analysis, data management, IRB applications, and subject recruitment).