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Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

The two-year Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Postdoctoral Fellowship at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute is a T32 training program hosted in close collaboration with the University of Kansas. The fellowship is funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute through the University of Missouri–Kansas City.

About the program

History of training program success at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

  • John Spertus, MD, MPH, Missouri/Lauer Endowed Chair, professor at UMKC and clinical director of Outcomes Research at the Heart Institute, and David Cohen, MD, MSc, Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Research, professor at UMKC and director of Cardiovascular Research at the Heart Institute, have built a center that has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence in outcomes and health economics research with more than 60 investigators and support staff providing a robust foundation for training.
  • The Heart Institute has had a formally-funded Outcomes Research Training Program since 2009, with continuous National Institutes of Health T32 funding since 2012.
  • The training program aims to recruit and mentor outstanding potential researchers who are motivated to learn and apply outcomes research principles and techniques in quantifying patients’ outcomes, defining the determinants of these outcomes, comparing the effectiveness of alternative treatments, translating new knowledge into clinical care, and measuring and improving the quality of care.
  • The program’s highly proven success is based on an approach comprised of three synergistic components: education, mentorship, and hands-on research.
  • After eight years, fellows within this formal training program have achieved unprecedented scientific productivity for research:
  • More than 165 abstract presentations at national conferences (including AHA Scientific Sessions, AHA Quality of Care and Outcomes Research [QCOR] Scientific Sessions, ACC Scientific Sessions); an average of more than 15 abstracts per graduate
  • More than 145 peer-reviewed journal publications (including JAMA, Circulation, JACC and Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes); an average of more than 10 peer-reviewed publications per graduate
  • Fellows have received honors of special distinction at national conferences. For example, winners and finalists in AHA QCOR Young Investigator Award competitions, ACC “Rising Star Fellow-In-Training Award”, “Best of AHA Specialty Conferences”, ACC “Best Posters”, and “Best Fellow-In-Training Posters”; academic institution awards for excellence in academics and research; and funding awards as principal and co-investigators on Patient Center and Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grants; AHA’s Grant-in-Aid; industry-sponsored projects; and post-fellowship career development awards.
  • All program graduates have entered academic careers or are currently completing clinical training.

The full-time training program offers:

  • Advanced seminars of specialized skills for Outcomes Research
  • The opportunity to obtain a master of science in Bioinformatics with an emphasis in Clinical Research for those without prior formal training in the field
  • Multidisciplinary mentorship, individualized to meet the needs of each fellow
  • Hands-on research experiences with access to highly experienced statisticians and numerous databases including multicenter outcome registries (PREMIER, TRIUMPH, PORTRAIT, PRISM, OPEN CTO, OPTIMUM), clinical trial databases (PARTNER, FREEDOM, SYNTAX), national quality databases (ACC’s National Cardiovascular Data Registries, AHA's Get With The Guidelines—Resuscitation), and publicly available clinical trial and observational data sets
  • The opportunity to participate in the design and execution of clinical trials (DEFINE-HF, PRESERVED-HF, EMBRACE-HF)
  • The unique opportunity to earn a Certificate in Biomedical Technology Entrepreneurship—a key skill set for researchers seeking to create sustainable change in healthcare
  • Salaried position based on NIH postdoctoral stipend scales
  • Insurance benefits, vacation time; tuition for master’s coursework, and funds for travel expenses to professional conferences

Opportunities for integrating Outcomes Research with Cardiology Training

  • Combined Clinical Cardiology and Outcomes Research Pathway for trainees interested in integrating outcomes research with clinical training (two years of T32 plus two to three years of clinical cardiology, depending on trainees’ goals). Learn more about the ACGME-accredited Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program
  • The Heart Institute and the University of Missouri-Kansas City also has ACGME-accredited programs in interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, and advanced heart failure/transplantation, and non-accredited programs in imaging and preventive cardiology.

Program Director

John Spertus, MD, MPH
Missouri/Lauer Endowed Chair
Professor, University of Missouri–Kansas City
Clinical Director, Outcomes Research
Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute

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Application & Eligibility

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