The application cycle is currently closed. Please contact AcademyHealth staff for information on when the next cycle will open.
Visiting Scholars are expected to lead a project of their own design and to collaborate with NCI staff on at least one other project. Scholars may take on additional collaborative projects if time permits. Scholars’ primary responsibility will be to lead an activity with the ultimate goal of improving healthcare delivery in at least one area of the cancer continuum (i.e. prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, or end-of-life care). Possible activities include but are not limited to:
- Analyze data from existing resources such as National Health Interview Survey Cancer Control Supplement, Patterns of Care studies, , National Physician Surveys, and linkages of SEER cancer registry data to Medicare claims, Medicare Health Outcomes Survey and Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems.
- Evaluate the NCI grant portfolio to identify methodological and topical gaps (for example, see here and here).
- Prepare a concept and protocol for a cancer care delivery research study to be carried out in the NCI Community Oncology Research Program.
- Call attention to and identify priorities in an understudied area by planning a workshop or developing a conceptual model.
The expected time commitment is flexible so that Scholars can maintain their major responsibilities in their current institution. Scholars will devote a minimum of 20 percent full time equivalent and up to 50 percent full time equivalent over a single year. In addition, scholars will be expected to spend two to five days per month in residence at the NCI offices in Rockville, MD. Travel costs, including lodging and a per diem, and salary coverage up to the NIH limit for grants will be provided. The specific time commitment and travel schedule will be negotiated once Scholars are accepted into the Program. Scholars will be provided with salary and benefits through an agreement with their institution to cover their full time equivalent commitment as well as mentorship throughout the program. The program is guided by an advisory committee that provides strategic direction and plays a key role in selecting candidates.
Selection of Candidates
We anticipate that two Scholars will be accepted into the program for academic year 2018. Preference will be given to individuals with a background in economics for one of the available slots. Applicants with expertise in behavioral economics; measurement and analysis of contextual factors; and precision medicine are also of particular interest. All applicants are expected to have a strong interest in cancer research, although prior experience is not required.
Benefits of Being a Scholar
AcademyHealth will provide Scholars with the following benefits:
- One-year AcademyHealth membership;
- Registration to attend the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM);
- Registration to attend a methods seminar and an AcademyHealth Interest Group (IG) meeting of the Scholar’s choice, both held in conjunction to the ARM;
- Registration to attend the AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference (NHPC) or the Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) co-hosted by AcademyHealth and the National Institutes of Health;
- Opportunity to present research findings during:
- A poster session at the ARM, and
- Via a public webinar at the conclusion of the year-long program; and
- Opportunities to network with AcademyHealth Fellows and fellow-alumni from programs such as the NCHS/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellowship, the Delivery System Science Fellowship, among others.
For questions, please email AcademyHealth staff.
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