Educational Opportunities for Medical Residents

Population health management is a core strategy to improving quality of care and reducing health care costs. Currently, there are limited pathways for training clinical and administrative leaders in population health management. To address this, Partners created the Population Health Fellowship and  Resident Elective Rotation. These comprehensive educational programs provide direct experience and leadership development opportunities in this rapidly evolving area in medicine.

Resident Elective Rotation

This one to two-week program provides residents with an introduction to population health. During the rotation, the Resident spends time shadowing clinical leaders to learn about the context for and the development and implementation of population health management programs. Partners Population Health accepts up to ten residents for this program each year.

What Participating Residents Are Saying

“Thank you so very much for all the time, thought, and effort you gave in order to customize a schedule that produced such a great learning experience for me over the last two weeks.  Truly, these conversations and insights have changed the way that I think about being a clinician in this care system as well as how I am thinking about what kind of clinician I want to be and what kind of system I want to work in.”

-Peter Dunbar, M.D., Chief Resident, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Boston Children’s Hospital, 2019-2020

Fellowship Program

This one to two-year program is offered to graduating residents who are board eligible. The next fellowship will begin in July 2020 (applications are currently closed). In this program, the Fellow spends roughly 30% of his/her time doing clinical work, with the remainder of the time spent in didactic training and working closely with Partners Population Health clinical leaders. The objective is for the Fellow to gain an understanding of the context for population health and an expertise in developing, implementing and analyzing population health management strategies.

Important Dates:

  • Applications Due: October 1, 2019
  • Fellow Decision Notifications: November 1, 2019
  • Fellowship Begins: July 2020


To submit an application, attach the completed Application and any auxiliary materials to our Contact Us form.

Additional Fellowship Information

Following completion of the Partners Population Health Leadership Fellowship, the Fellow will be able to:

  • Understand the socioeconomic and political context for population health management
  • Describe the structure and resources needed for the administration of a successful population health management program
  • Describe financial and operational considerations for an Accountable Care Organization
  • Describe appropriate population health strategies based on patient populations and needs
  • Analyze outcomes of population health strategies, and make recommendations regarding program scale and scope

In addition, the Fellow will be expected to enhance his/her presentation, facilitation and leadership skills by successfully completing the following:

  • Poster presentation at the Population Health Research Symposium
  • Lead a regularly scheduled journal club discussion; identifying the article, providing a synopsis and facilitating discussion
  • Implementation of strategies in own clinical practice
Application Requirements
  • Applicants must be graduates from an ACGME accredited residency program. Fellows will be chosen based on their level of understanding and interest in population health management.
  • This fellowship includes participation in the Harvard Program in Clinical Effectiveness, so he or she must meet Harvard’s requirements for participation in the program. Upon acceptance into the fellowship, Fellows will be asked whether they plan to stay in the program for one or two years.
  • The first year will provide the Fellow with an opportunity to begin an MPH program and manage and present on short term population health projects and begin a longer-term project that can potentially be scaled during the second year.
  • During the second year, the Fellow would lead the scaling of his/her project if appropriate or take the lead on another long-term project. While optional for this program, the second year would be required for the Fellow to complete his/her MPH.
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