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Faculty Development Research Fellowship

The Primary Care Faculty Development Research Fellowship is a 2 year program, with options for a Master or certificate of Public Health degree, Health Care Quality and Safety or equivalent program.

There are two tracks for the Fellowship:

  1. Primary Care Research
  2. Population Health Research

The Faculty Development Research Fellowship consists of:

  • An Individualized Research Project and mentorship within the Department of Family & Community Medicine (DFCM)
  • Fellowship Curriculum: Research Seminars; Research Methodology; Professional Development and Writing Seminars; Director's Meetings; and Clinical Sessions; Education Didactic and Experimental Learning
  • Masters or certificate coursework

The Faculty Development Research Fellow undertakes his or her research project with the following criteria in mind:

  • Topic is of national importance and will produce meaningful and transferable findings;
  • Topic will enhance, complement, and mesh with existing departmental research themes;
  • Rigorous methodology will provide foundation for publishable results; and
  • Research provides a foundation for the fellow to apply to the NIH for a career development K-award, or other similar career development award or grant.

The Faculty Development Research Fellow should be interested in and excited by exchange of ideas in research, rigorous data analysis, and meaningful contributions to the existing body of knowledge that will impact behavior and health. Fellows should be motivated by career goals within academic family medicine. Fellows will also participate in other general academic and educational curricular activities, as well as maintain a part-time clinical practice to maintain and expand their clinical skills. Fellows will present, publish, and be prepared for an academic career in family medicine at the end of the fellowship.

Available to Fellows at DFCM are an extensive research network, patient population, computers, and staff research assistants. A long and successful fellowship program of over twenty years has led to well-defined research milestones for fellows. Randa Sifri, MD, Fellowship Director, is a senior researcher and the Department's Director of Research. Marianna LaNoue, PhD, is Associate Fellowship Director and Director of the Greenfield Research Center. Howard Rabinowitz, MD is Assistant Fellowship Director and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine). Other departmental mentors provide requisite structure, environment, expertise and guidance to nurture and direct the Fellow's research and career plans. Your interest and application are welcome.

Application Timeline:

  • Application deadline is November 1st
  • The interview process is on a rolling basis and begins in September
  • Notification of acceptance is from mid-December to early January

For any questions regarding the Primary Care Faculty Development Research Fellowship please contact Randa Sifri.


Phone: (215) 955-7190

Christine Arenson

Christine A. Arenson, MD
Professor &
Interim Chair
Department of Family & Community Medicine

Randa Sifri, MD
Director, Faculty Development Research Fellowship
(215) 955-2354

Marianna LaNoue, PhD
Associate Director, Faculty Development Research Fellowship
(215) 955-7416

Howard Rabinowitz, MD
Assistant Director,
Faculty Development Research Fellowship
(215) 955-8234

Jeremy D. Close, MD
Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship
(215) 955-2352

Brooke Salzman, MD
Director, Geriatrics Fellowship
(215) 955-5708

Department of Family & Community Medicine
1015 Walnut Street
Suite 401
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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