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Health Services Research/Academic Generalist Fellowship


The Academic Generalist and Hospitalist Fellowship Programs at the Medical University of South Carolina prepare physicians for careers in academic family medicine, general internal medicine, and general pediatrics. 

The program is designed to prepare physicians, post-doctoral nurses, pharmacists, and post-doctoral health researchers for productive academic careers as educators and as investigators in clinical research, including applications in health services research (HSR), population health, comparative effectiveness research (CER), clinical trials, patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), implementation science research within practice-based research networks, patient safety, and quality improvement. Topical areas of interest for the faculty include health information technology, pharmacoepidemiology, health disparities, geriatrics, medical education, and the use of large databases in research. The faculty have specific expertise and mentoring skills in identified areas of national need, such as outcomes/health status and quality measurement, biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, decision analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, and health policy.

Fellows will learn both quantitative and qualitative research techniques. The fellowship program is a two year program with an optional third year.  As part of the fellowship, each fellow earns a Master of Public Health degree.  Fellows perform clinical work within their specialty while classes, seminars, journal club, research training, and other common training activities are shared by all fellows. 

Fellowship time is structured according to the needs of the applicant. For academic generalist fellows, the time breakdown is 80% research and academic training.  For hospitalist fellows, the clinical training is designed to meet the needs of potential future board certification. Non-clinicians devote 100% time to research training. 

Fellowship Program Flyer


Please download and edit the Health Services Research/Academic Generalist Fellowship Program Application (PDF), then fax to 843-876-7111.


To be eligible for this fellowship program, physicians will have finished residency, be board eligible or board certified and plan a career as an academic faculty member in health services research. Nurses and pharmacists should have a doctoral degree.

Additionally, each trainee must be a US citizen or have a visa permitting permanent residence in the US. Members from minority groups that are underrepresented are particularly encouraged to apply. An underlying assumption of the fellowship program is that the entering fellows are clinically competent in their specialty. Clinical time will be limited to no more than 30% of the total with most of that involving teaching or precepting medical students, residents or other professions in clinical settings.

Missions & Goals

The mission of the Health Services Research/Academic Generalist Fellowship Program is to prepare fellows for academic careers as clinicians, investigators, and educators. The fellowship program will train physicians, post-doctoral nurses, and pharmacists in the following areas:

  • Conduct clinical research in applied research settings

  • Stimulate improvement in the health care system's responsiveness to diverse groups of patients, including minority, poor, and other underserved patients, both as direct providers and as clinical researchers

  • Serve as role models and mentors in clinical research

  • Design innovative curricula and educational programs


These programs are a collaborative effort housed in the College of Medicine and include faculty from the Division of General Pediatrics, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Department of Family Medicine, the College of Nursing, and the College of Pharmacy. The fellowship program has been supported by AHRQ's National Research Service Fellowship Program, HRSA National Research Service Fellowship Program, and the HRSA Faculty Development Fellowship Program. The program is coordinated with the MUSC Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA).

Contact Us

For additional information, please contact Carole Berini, Fellowship Coordinator (berini@musc.edu),
Phone 843-876-2926
Fax 843-876-7111

William T. Basco, Jr., M.D., MS
Co-Director, Director of General Pediatrics

William P. Moran, M.D., MS
Co-Director, Director of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

Vanessa A. Diaz, M.D.
Co-Director, Department of Family Medicine


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