2021 AHCJ Fellowship on Comparative Effectiveness Research

Friday, January 1, 2021
to Monday, July 5, 2021
Category: Fellowships

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. The virtual fellowship program will be Aug. 2-4.

A select group of fellows will be chosen to experience a three-day fellowship focusing 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

  • 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 gather 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 an AHCJ membership (new or renewed), exclusive access to fellowship session recordings and speaker presentations.


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

"This program provides a thorough overview of all the kinds of research reports you’re likely to run into as a journalist, and teaches how to skeptically evaluate them to make sure you’re bringing the most meaningful science to your audience."
— 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 has passed.


Questions? Contact Susan Cunningham, cunninghamsu@missouri.edu or 573-882-2203.