The V.A. Boston General Medicine Fellowship site is located at the Jamaica Plain Campus of the V.A. Boston Healthcare System, within walking distance or a short “T” ride from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. V.A. Boston offers numerous resources to support research activities for general internal medicine fellows and faculty members. These include the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), one of 19 national V.A. Centers of Innovation for Health Services Research and the Massachusetts V.A. Epidemiology Research and Information Center (MAVERIC), which is a research unit featuring more than 200 staff and faculty members and wide-reaching access to a host of V.A. datasets and databases.
The V.A. General Internal Medicine program is centered in the Section of General Internal Medicine, led by Steven Simon, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Simon is Associate Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and is also Associate Chief of Staff for V.A. Boston and its chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care Service. In addition to strong linkages to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the V.A. Boston and the general internal medicine Section maintain close affiliations with investigators at Boston University and Boston Medical Center, allowing fellows opportunities for multi-institutional collaboration.
Researchers affiliated with the Section of General Internal Medicine at V.A. Boston conduct a wide range of interventional and observational studies with an emphasis on the use of education and health information technology to improve the quality and safety of health care. Expertise also exists in survey methodology, qualitative research, health disparities, prevention, among other areas.
A few recent examples from prior Fellows' research include:
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