About the Fellowship

The Social Mission Faculty Fellowship is a new and unique opportunity offered through the Health Policy & Social Mission Collaboration between Kaiser Permanente and the George Washington University.

There is a need for physician-leaders in the area of social mission, specifically in areas of population and community health management, disparities reduction, social determinants of health, value-based care, community engagement, and achieving the triple aim. This new social mission fellowship aims to provide emerging physician-leaders with skills and mentorship to produce an action research project, as well as to provide opportunities to develop leadership skills and to engage in a network of learning.

Fellows will receive 20 percent release time for one year (one day a week). Individuals will need to commit ten percent from existing ET/EL time; an additional ten percent will come from the grant. Fellows will propose and execute an action research project, defined as scholarly research or applied scholarship that has measurable impact within the Kaiser Permanente community, or contributes to knowledge to the field more broadly.

In year one, the suggested topic of the action research project is healthcare workforce. Examples of projects may include scholarship research on interprofessional workforce training, or applied scholarship in developing pipeline programs that engages local/Kaiser Permanente community. To support their successes, the fellow will receive ongoing mentorship, engage in virtual knowledge-building webinars, and participate in two national conferences.

The inaugural Social Mission Faculty Fellowship will take place from January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015. Two fellows will be selected. Interested faculty must apply to be considered for this fellowship.

We are committed to a program that embraces racial, ethnic, gender, and disciplinary diversity, and we encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply. In addition, candidates should:

  • Be committed to a career in medical education, public health, health policy, or another career congruent with the program’s purposes and priorities in developing physician leaders in social mission;
  • Be highly regarded by those overseeing their clinical duties and educational activities to be an emerging leader in Kaiser Permanente;
  • Exhibited leadership capabilities; including setting high personal goals and motivating others;
  • Be self-directed, as evidenced by past professional accomplishments;
  • Have a record of engagement with medical education and social mission;
  • Articulate a well-defined plan for how the fellowship will advance their goals and contribute value to Kaiser Permanente.

The Health Policy & Social Mission Collaboration is co-directed by Dr. Marc Klau, Director of Physician Development and Leadership at Kaiser Permanente of Southern California, Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan, Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Policy at the George Washington University, and Dr. Leana Wen, Director of Patient-Centered Care Research at the George Washington University. Programmatic questions can be directed to Ms. Mariellen Jewers at mjewers@gwu.edu (202) 994-4337.

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