VA National Quality Scholars Program

This is a 2-year fellowship that is available to physicians and pharmacists with residency training in addition to doctoral nurses and psychologists; this program does not require training in geriatrics. With eight sites around the country, the Quality Scholars program is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs to train researchers and leaders in health care improvement. Exceptional candidates with an interest in quality or implementation research, leadership or education are encouraged to apply.

Past fellows have gone on to faculty appointments at UCSF as well as working in the fields of public health and healthcare quality improvement.

For more information about the national program, visit the VA National Quality Scholars Program site.

Fellows in the VA National Quality Scholars Program participate in the following activities as part of their training.

Educational Activities

Advanced Training in Clinical Research (ATCR)/TICR

ATCR is an intensive, highly-regarded year-long course on research methods for fellows and junior faculty across UCSF pursuing careers in clinical, epidemiologic, and health services research. Students also have an option to extend their studies for a second year and obtain a master's degree in clinical research. Coursework includes classes on epidemiologic methods, introductory statistical analysis, advanced statistical methods, statistical computing, clinical trials, database management systems, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, publishing and presenting clinical research, and an ongoing seminar. Additional elective courses are available in decision and cost-effectiveness analysis, medical informatics, clinical research with diverse communities, and outcomes research. For more information, visit the ATCR site.

Division of Geriatrics Works-in-Progress Conferences

This weekly conference provides a venue for all faculty and fellows to present ongoing academic work to the entire division. Both educators and researchers are encouraged to present their projects. Research manuscripts and grants, quality improvement projects and educational evaluations are all common topics at our WIPs.

TWIV (Two-Way Interactive Video) Conferences

This weekly teleconference links the eight sites of the Quality Scholars Program for an ongoing seminar in quality improvement and research issues.

National Conferences

Fellows in the Quality Scholars Program also attend the Quality Scholars Summer Institute in August each year, an excellent opportunity to meet fellows and faculty from all sites and share ideas and experiences.

Fellowship Leadership

Additional Recent Faculty Mentors for VAQS Fellows

For information about applying to the program at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, please contact:

Jessica Eng, MD
SFVA, Geriatrics, Palliative and Extended Care
4150 Clement St, Box 181G
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 221-4810 x23679
Jessica.Eng@va.gov