Fellowship Program in Health Care Quality and Medical Informatics

Program Directors:

Erika Abramson, MD, MS
Lisa Kern, MD, MPH
Rainu Kaushal, MD, MPH


The purpose of this program is to train fellows in health care quality and medical informatics research. Participants will learn how to conduct rigorous evaluations of medical informatics applications and related interventions that are designed to improve health care.

Eligible Applicants

Fellows are typically physicians who have completed a clinical residency and have or are concurrently completing a Master's degree (in public health, clinical investigation, or biomedical informatics). Applicants can apply to the fellowship program prior to beginning a Master's program.


This fellowship program has two tracks:

  • Two Year Track: This track is a two-year program in health services research designed to train physicians to be competitive for faculty positions that would be primarily research-based. This track is similar to a fellowship in health services research but with an additional emphasis on medical informatics and the insights needed to evaluate informatics and informatics-enabled applications. Fellows may elect to take a third year for this track if appropriate funding is identified.
  • One Year Track: This track is a one-year program that exposes fellows to health services research, quality improvement, and medical informatics. This track is designed to train physicians to participate meaningfully as a co-investigator on research projects, including becoming co-authors on scientific publications. This track is also designed to provide physicians with leadership training, career development and some aspects of quality improvement.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum is comprised of formal didactic sessions, research-in-progress sessions, mentored research, and participation in activities with the Division of Quality and Medical Informatics and the Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy (CHiP). Didactic sessions are organized into 5 consecutive blocks, as follows:

  • Introduction to Quality and Medical Informatics
  • Health Services Research Methods
  • Quality and Quality Improvement
  • Health Systems: IT, Policy and Economics
  • Scientific Writing and Career Development

To Apply

The application period to join the Fellowship Program in July 2014 has closed.

Applications for the July 2015 program will be accepted starting in the fall of 2014. To apply, please e-mail your CV and completed application form to qmi-fellowship@med.cornell.edu.


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    402 East 67th Street
    New York, NY 10065
    (646) 962-9401
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    New York, NY 10065
    (646) 962-9409

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