About the Postdoctoral Primary Care Research Fellowship

Our two-year postdoctoral training program in primary care research is a National Research Service Award (NRSA) in Primary Care, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).


You'll have the unique opportunity to choose mentorship from over 15 experts in the field of health care delivery science and primary care services research, including:

  • Applied technology in primary care delivery
  • Biostatistics
  • Child and adolescent health behavior primary care and community research
  • Clinical and research informatics
  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Health behavior and technology
  • Health care delivery science
  • Health policy
  • Health systems engineering
  • Implementation science
  • Integrated geriatrics in primary care and interdisciplinary teams
  • Population health and primary care research
  • Primary care redesign
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Shared decision making
  • Substance abuse research

Mentoring opportunities focus on:

  • Establishing fundamental research skills
  • Obtaining preliminary pilot data
  • Writing first-authored manuscripts
  • Submitting a research project grant or career development award in areas of healthcare delivery science, including secondary analysis of population-based data sets, intervention research, and implementation science

Pilot study research project

You will work closely with your primary research mentor to conduct a pilot study or an analysis of existing data as the basis for an R03/R21 application, or small-scale/large-scale study.

This research network is supported by faculty in the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI), and Dartmouth's SYNERGY Clinical and Translational Research Institute.

Local weekly writing seminar

Participate in a weekly writing seminar with other postdoctoral fellows, led by a senior research scientist. Learn how to construct specific aims pages and other components of grant applications, and improve your scientific writing skills.

Seminars and workshops

As part of the training as an early-career investigator, you will have the opportunity to attend local seminars and workshops on:

  • Health care delivery science methods and statistics
  • Health care innovation
  • Human and health systems engineering
  • Implementation research
  • Mobile health technology
  • Research career and grant skill development

National conferences

You will also receive travel funds to attend one conference per year. You will be strongly encouraged to submit research abstracts to national conferences.

Master's in Public Health (MPH)

In addition to working with your primary research mentor to conduct a pilot study or analysis of existing data, you will also have the opportunity to apply for a third fellowship year and complete a Master's in Public Health (MPH) degree from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.