Research Training

The Division provides research training through the NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship. The goal of the Fellowship is to train primary care physicians for academic careers with an emphasis on research.

NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship

Donald E. Pathman, MD, MPH, Director

The fellowship‘s goal is to train primary care physicians for academic careers with an emphasis on research. The two-to three-year fellowship provides participants with the knowledge, skills and experience to pursue an individual research program.

During the fellowship, participants complete three to five research projects, working closely with a variety of faculty from across UNC’s health sciences schools and other schools on campus. Mentoring plays a key role in fellows’ development.

Fellows’ research generally falls within one or more of the following areas of research excellence and opportunity on campus, working with the listed program faculty:

Minority Health and Health Care Disparities

Health and Literacy

Diet, Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

End-of-Life Care, Palliative Care andGeriatrics

Decision Sciences and Evidence-BasedMedicine

Access to Care and Rural Health


The fellowship is based in the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, a large, multi-disciplinary research unit on campus.

Link for more information:

Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research

www.shepscenter.unc.edu/training_programs/nrsapc/