Thursday, January 24, 2013

Postdoc Opportunity in Health Disparities!

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Center for Women's Health and Health Disparities Research
Mentored Post-doctoral Training Program in Health Disparities Research (T32 Program)
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013

Program Background: Mentored post-doctoral training program in health disparities research funded through the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grant (T32). This post-doctoral program provides year-long support for training in interdisciplinary research that addresses disparities in health status and health outcomes among minority mothers, infants, children and their families. The Center for Women's Health and Health Disparities (CWHDR) Research T32 Program began under the direction of Dr. Gloria E. Sarto in the spring of 2007. The program has been renewed for an additional 5 years.

Goal of Award: To provide training at the postdoctoral level in interdisciplinary research that addresses disparities in health status and health outcomes among minority populations as well as to recruit underrepresented minorities into academic research careers. The HDRS Training Program provides interdisciplinary and multifaceted opportunities for research that includes not only biomedical and behavioral sciences, but also investigation into quality of care, including cost, access and satisfaction with services; the causes of and barriers to reducing health disparities; attitudes towards health, language spoken, educational level, community profile and socioeconomic status; identification of assessment measures for outcomes, quality and appropriateness of health care services. Attracting minorities from various disciplines such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, sociologists, social workers, and nutritionists, into academic research careers will help in this endeavor.

To address not only the broad array of research areas outlined above but also the interdisciplinary nature of the possible candidates, the faculty is interdisciplinary and consists of physician scientists, perinatal researchers, sociologists, nurse scientists, nutritional scientists, epidemiologists and economists. To promote interdisciplinary research and disciplinary cross training, we provide two mentors for each Scholar, balancing the biomedical/basic science and behavioral/demography and epidemiology approaches to address health disparities. Benefits include a full NIH stipend, tuition, fees and travel funds. The CWHDR currently funds a total of 5 positions.

Eligibility Requirements:

· Postdoctoral scholars must have received, as of the beginning date of the NRSA appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Eligible doctoral degrees include, but are not limited to, the following: D.M.D., D.C., D.O., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.Sc., D.P.T., Pharm.D., N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy), D.S.W., Psy.D, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing research.

· Scholar agrees to devote full-time effort in research related activities for a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 3 years to this T32 training program.

· Scholars must be interested in research that involves health disparities or health in underserved populations.

· No individual may receive more than 3 years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the postdoctoral level, including any combination of Kirschstein-NRSA support from institutional research training grants and individual fellowships.

· An NRSA appointment may not be held concurrently with another federally sponsored fellowship, traineeship, or similar Federal award that provides a stipend or otherwise duplicates provisions of the NRSA.

· Scholar will be a US citizen or non-citizen national, or has been lawfully admitted for permanent resident status and possesses an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.

Find more information about the Center for Women's Health and Health Disparities Research T32 Program and how to apply at

Direct Questions to: Julia Brasileiro or Doris Franklin at (608) 262-7573 or CWHDR@obgyn

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