The QSCERT-PC postdoctoral fellowship training program for board-certified/eligible primary care practitioners and PhD scholars is supported by National Research Service Award (NRSA) funding for primary care research training, from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

NEXT QSCERT-PC APPLICATION DEADLINE (2018 - 2019): Application due date: January 15, 2018 (apply now)

The mission of the proposed Quality, Safety, and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training in Primary Care (QSCERT-PC) program is to prepare family physicians, general internists, general pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, PhD-prepared nurses, and PhD-prepared social and quantitative scientists for careers as outstanding primary care researchers, focusing on quality and safety in primary care, and on the comparative effectiveness of primary care and system-level interventions. Through training in the clinical, statistical, and social sciences in a vibrant interprofessional, multidisciplinary environment, QSCERT-PC trainees will acquire the skills and experience they need to make important contributions to primary care research, addressing issues of quality, cost, and population health. They will educate the next generation of primary care researchers and will serve as role models in improving care for culturally diverse, underserved populations. They will be advocates for underserved populations and leaders in academic medicine and public health.

QSCERT-PC has been designed to complement and augment our existing T32 program sponsored by AHRQ called QSCERT, which is a multidisciplinary postdoctoral program (MD/PhD) in quality, safety, and comparative effectiveness research, with an emphasis on training researchers interested in surgical, trauma, and emergency care quality and outcomes. QSCERT-PC leverages the success of this program and UC Davis’ long track record of innovation in primary care education and research by adding a primary care component. QSCERT-PC is interprofessional and multidisciplinary at its core, with leaders, mentors, and trainees drawn from all primary care disciplines, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the Department of Public Health Sciences and Graduate Groups in Epidemiology, Economics, Biostatistics, and more.

Scholars will participate in training courses and are selected based on a competitive application process in which academic qualifications, career goals, and the quality of the training environment are important considerations. In addition to the required curriculum and career development components, scholars choose among 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.

Objectives/Measurable Outcomes

  • Objective 1: To recruit and train 12-15 board-eligible primary care physicians, NPs/PAs, and PhD nurses and other researchers (i.e., 25 person-years of training averaging 2 years duration).
  • Objective 1.1: Each MD/NP/PA trainee should successfully complete the MPH or the MAS in Clinical Research at UC Davis (unless they have previously completed an equivalent program).
  • Objective 1.2: Each trainee should learn the tools of quality, safety, and CER by participating in seminar series, journal clubs, research conferences, and selected CTSC courses.
  • Objective 1.3: Each trainee should augment his or her skills as a primary care physician and/or educator by teaching students and/or clinical trainees, and self-assessing strengths/weaknesses.
  • Objective 1.4: Each trainee should successfully complete at least one mentored research project, present the results, and write at least 2 high-quality manuscripts for submission to journals.
  • Objective 2: To place 12-15 training graduates in positions that will enable them to have significant impact on the nation’s primary care research agenda over the subsequent 25 years.
  • Objective 2.1: To increase the diversity of the primary care research workforce by placing at least 3 trainees into positions outside medical school primary care departments.
  • Objective 2.2: To increase the diversity of the primary care research workforce by graduating at least 3 trainees from underrepresented minority or disadvantaged groups. 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:
Patrick Romano:
Jeffrey Hoch:

Program Coordinator:
Teresa Duran: