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AHCJ Fellowship on Comparative Effectiveness Research

Check back in the summer of 2021 for more information.

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.

Comparative effectiveness research is the comparison of different interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor health conditions. The aim: inform patients, providers and decision-makers as to which interventions are most effective for which patients and under which circumstances.

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. 

Feedback from previous fellows:

"I feel so fortunate to have had so much time with some of the key players in this really substantial and important movement. What a great week!"
— Michael Fitzhugh, staff writer, Thomson Reuters BioWorld

"You really did put together an impressive and even remarkable agenda and I'm still a bit amazed by the people that you persuaded to speak to us."
— Guy Boulton, reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"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

 Questions? Contact Susan Cunningham, or 573-882-2203.