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Expanding National Capacity in PCOR through Training (ENACT) Program

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FAQs for the Experiential Training


Are non-U.S. citizens eligible to apply for this program?
Do I have to have a clinical degree to apply?
You do not have to have a clinical degree; however, you must demonstrate interest in, and potential for a research career focused on comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR).

For more information on what PCOR is about, please see
What level of training do I need (fellow, postdoctoral trainee, or faculty)?
The ENACT experiential training is Primarily for mid-level – senior faculty. Although, Assistant professors will be considered. Candidates should have research training and/or experience. That includes introductory statistics, and research methods or epidemiology. Grant writing experience is preferable, but not required.

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Do I apply through my institution or through the University of Pittsburgh?
Applicants will apply online through the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education. You can access the fellowship application through the ENACT website
What materials will I need to apply?
Each applicant will be expected to answer three short answer questions, each 300 words or less, in regards to their project and career goals. You will also be asked to provide your content mentor's CV as well as your own, and the contact information of your department chair or division chief, who will be notified via email to electronically submit a letter of support for you.
What can I do to make my application stronger for the selection process?
The ENACT representative(s) at your institution will review all applications submitted from your institution and will nominate at least one candidate to participate in the fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. You should contact your ENACT representative for any specifics in what they are looking for in the selection of nominees. See for the contact at your institution.

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When will I visit the University of Pittsburgh?
Fellows will come to Pittsburgh in the second half of their one year term. Fellows will stay in Pittsburgh for one month where they will work on their project and be immersed in training activities.
What if I do not complete my project within the year?
Fellows should propose a research question and project that is feasible to complete within a year such as a systematic review and/ or meta-analysis, analysis of secondary data, or other project that leverages readily available data. If you would benefit from staying additional time in Pittsburgh, your institution has the option to fund you for up to two additional months stay.
What will my training experience in Pittsburgh consist of?
Fellows will work closely with their mentors and methodology expert, and consult with statisticians to bring their project to as close to completion as possible. Fellows will also be immersed in a variety of intensive PCOR and career development activities, including meetings and training seminars on grant proposal and medical writing, ethics, etc. Upon completion of the project, fellows will be expected to submit an abstract for presentation at a national or regional scientific meeting and submit a manuscript for publication.

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Junior faculty (i.e. newer assistant professors or clinical instructors) will be asked to find a mentor (who commits to working with you on developing the project concept) from your university or other collaborating institution. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh will guide/mentor Fellows on the associated methodologies.

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Salary and Other Support

Will I receive salary support from the University of Pittsburgh during my one month stay?
Unfortunately, the funding agency (Agency for Health Care Research and Quality) explicitly states that fellows may not receive financial support from the grant award and are generally expected to be supported by their employer or through other sources. Potential candidates will need to have agreement from their Department Chair or Division Chief.
Will my time be protected?
Since the funding agency strictly prohibits us from funding your time, your institution must agree to allow you time to 1) participate in 1 month of intensive training in Pittsburgh, 2) participate in the online courses (4 months each), and 3) spend additional time throughout the year to work on your research project in PCOR/CER.
Will travel expenses be provided by my home institution or the University of Pittsburgh?
The Senior Vice Chancellor of the Health Sciences and the dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have committed internal funds to support travel, per diem, and lodging for fellows for one month’s stay. If you are interested in staying beyond one month, additional funding must be provided by your home institution and discussed with the University of Pittsburgh ENACT representatives.

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Additional Questions

Whom should I contact if I have additional questions?
Contact the ENACT representative at your home institution.


Contact the ENACT Program Coordinator Kristin Kropf.

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Eligibility for the Online Course Training

What level of training do I need to apply?
ENACT Course enrollment requires applicants to be graduate students, residents, fellows, or junior, midlevel, or senior faculty.
Are there any course prerequisites?
Course applicants must have completed a basic biostatistics , epidemiology or research methods course.

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Application for the Online Course Training

How do I apply?
Applicants will apply online through the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education. You can access the course application through the ENACT website.

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