In this time of remarkable transformation in the healthcare system, payors and providers are seeking innovative strategies to provide higher quality care at lower cost. The University of Pittsburgh and UPMC—a partnership both unique and effective in the way it brings together an integrated health system with its own health plan, and an academic institution with a significant track record of scientific and intellectual progress—are leading the way in conceiving of new possibilities for innovation and reform.
The Learning Health System (LHS) Fellowship will provide participants with experience in stimulating change within a complex health system, and will transmit the principles of pragmatic research design and facilitation. Fellows will:
- Design, implement, lead, and evaluate the results of a payment or delivery system reform;
- Participate in leadership meetings with thought-leaders and executives from academic medicine and a robust health system; and
- Receive research, academic, and business mentorship, and support from federal or foundational sources.
Graduates will be well-positioned for roles in academic medicine that could easily translate to additional positions in a large health system or health plan.
The University of Pittsburgh and UPMC will support the stipend of LHS Fellows from federal or foundation sources (or leverage existing funding streams). UPMC will guarantee research and business mentorship as well as access to data and office space within the health plan or system. The University of Pittsburgh will also provide research and academic mentorship, and will offer academic coursework to support the fundamental skills to design research studies, interpret findings, and publish results.