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AHCJ Fellowship on Comparative Effectiveness Research

Oct. 15-19

Want to learn how to write more accurate, in-depth stories on medical research and how medical decisions are made?

The Association of Health Care Journalists has teamed up with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to present the AHCJ Fellowship on Comparative Effectiveness Research.

A select group of fellows will be chosen to spend a week in Washington, D.C., focused on understanding and reporting on medical research.

Sessions will help fellows:

  • Learn how to evaluate treatments and how medical decisions are made

  • Determine what constitutes reliable research methodology

  • Learn how research findings are applied in shared decision making

  • See how comparing treatments could reshape the health system

  • Identify the evidence gaps in treating common conditions

  • Understand how patient health care data is being used in research

  • See how health literacy impacts patient outcomes

  • Understand coming changes in clinical trials

Fellows will head home with an arsenal of resources they can use on deadline, and much more.

Candidates should be working journalists who qualify for AHCJ professional membership – please check here to see if you qualify. The ideal candidate will have several years of reporting experience, including some in health reporting.

The fellowship includes AHCJ membership (new or renewed), travel expenses within the United States, a food stipend and lodging. The fellowship will be Oct. 15-19.

Feedback from previous fellows:

"So much information and so many perspectives covering so much ground… it was great. It was exhausting and a bit overwhelming, but I wouldn’t change the length or amount of ground covered because each of us seemed to get different things out of different sessions. That made the variety particularly valuable even when one or another session did not seem as helpful for me. It’s also hard to know what will unexpectedly become helpful down the line."
— Tara Haelle, independent journalist 

"Educational and practical - you don't always get that. This was well worth my time."
— Joe Carlson, Star Tribune Media Co.

"Great – tons of good information. Need to go home and digest everything."
— Betsy Agnvall, AARP Media

The application deadline is noon CT on Aug. 11. 

Click here to apply.

 Questions? Contact Susan Cunningham, susan@healthjournalism.org or 573-882-2203.