The CATALyST Learning Health System K12 Center of Excellence is now accepting letters of interest from candidates seeking training in learning health systems (LHS) research.
CATALyST (Consortium for Applied Training to Advance the Learning health system with Scholars/Trainees) is a mentored career development program that trains researchers in LHS research competencies. The program brings together faculty from 4 diverse health research organizations across the state of Washington: Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI), the University of Washington, the Veteran’s Administration Puget Sound, and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. KPWHRI is the lead institution for this K12 program. CATALyST is one of 11 Centers of Excellence in Learning Health Systems nationwide funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to support the training of researchers in the design and execution of patient-centered outcomes research within learning health systems.
CATALyST scholars conduct LHS research in partnership with clinicians and health system leaders. During the 2-year program, they receive training, mentorship, and research opportunities, and participate in a community of LHS researchers. Each scholar is supported by a mentoring team, led by a primary mentor. Mentors are expected to play an active role in CATALyST, both in mentoring their scholar and participating in the CATALyST learning community. CATALyST furnishes up to $5,000 in total costs, annually, for each scholar’s primary mentor.
Scholars must commit a minimum of 75% of a 1.0 FTE while enrolled in the program. Scholars will receive up to $90,000 per year in salary support, commensurate primary institution- associated benefit costs, and $25,000 per year in research funds. Two positions are available. Admitted scholars will join current scholars in September 2021.
To be eligible for CATALyST, candidates must:
Letters of interest should be no more than 2 single-spaced pages and must include:
A current Curriculum Vitae should accompany the letter of interest. Both documents must be submitted to the CATALyST Program Administrator, Susan Brandzel, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), by 5 pm PST on March 15, 2021. Candidates will be notified in early April whether they will be invited to submit a full application, which will be due on May 28, 2021. Full applications will require documentation of institutional and mentor support, verification of program eligibility and an outline of research plans. Final admission offers will be extended in June for a start date at the end of September 2021.
We encourage you to share this announcement with colleagues and potential CATALyST scholar candidates. This is a unique opportunity for early-career scientists who wish to start or broaden their scholarly work in learning health systems research. For more information about this announcement, please contact Susan Brandzel by phone: 206-304-1122.
Thank you for supporting the recruitment of this new cohort of LHS scholars!
Diana Buist, PhD, and Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, CATALyST Program Directors
Susan Brandzel, MPH, CATALyST Program Administrator
Contact: Susan Brandzel
CATALyST Program Administrator
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