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Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

The Quality, Safety, and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training (QSCERT) Program

Note:  Funding for the Primary Care Outcomes Research Fellowship (known as PCOR) program has ended.  Interested persons are welcome to consider and apply for our new fellowship in Quality, Safety, and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training (QSCERT). 

NEXT QSCERT APPLICATION DEADLINE (2016 - 2017):  Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Quality, Safety, and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training (QSCERT) T32 Program is a multidisciplinary, postdoctoral training program in quality, safety and comparative effectiveness research with an emphasis on training future leaders in surgical, trauma, and urgent/emergency care outcomes research.  T32 grants are institutional training grants to support promising researchers who have completed a doctoral-level degree but are not yet ready for faculty appointment.  This is postdoctoral fellowship training (MD residents/fellows or PhD scholars) supported by funding from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ).

Scholars will participate in a two-year training course and will be selected based on a competitive application process in which academic qualifications, career goals, and the quality of the training environment will be important considerations for funding.  

In addition to the required CER core curriculum and career development components, scholars will choose one of three different training tracks. Each track is founded on the scholar’s prior experience and training (e.g., MD vs. PhD) and individual learning needs, and has its own requirements.

  • Track 1: MPH program. Trainees in this track will matriculate in the UC Davis accredited Master’s of Public Health program ( The program provides a strong foundation in the basic tools of outcomes research including instruction in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and health policy, while imbuing scholars with a broader understanding of the role of health care in producing and maintaining health (



  • Track 3: QSCERT Certificate Program. Upon completion of the core required elements of QSCERT, certificates will be awarded to scholars who have previously earned a research-oriented Masters or Doctoral degree.  

UC Davis applicants are strongly encouraged to identify a potential faculty mentor at the time of application. In general, trainees will be required to devote approximately 40 hours per week to training program activities and to balance their curriculum requirements with research training commitments. As part of their training, clinician scholars will be required to maintain and cultivate their clinical expertise through limited clinical duties, grand rounds, and CME in their field to ensure that their research is intrinsically linked to patient care. 

Program Leads: 

Joy Melnikow:

Patrick Romano:

Program Coordinator: 

Teresa Duran:

Meet our Current QSCERT Fellows (Click Here)