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VA New England Healthcare System


Fellowship Opportunities in Healthcare Systems Engineering

VA Office of Systems Redesign, VA Office of Academic Affiliations,
VA New England Healthcare System, and VA Boston Healthcare System

New England VERC uses a systems based engineering approach to support VHA to efficiently, effectively, and reliably provide exceptional care to veterans.

VERC supports collaboration between researchers, academics, clinicians, and engineers to improve health care delivery and to understand factors that enable or inhibit the spread of engineering solutions.

Two staff members reviewing a floor plan
Fellows work with frontline healthcare employees, VA quality improvement leaders, and academic partners.

Engineering fellows are sought to apply their expert skills (e.g., operations research, modeling and simulation, scheduling, data mining, human factors, risk analysis) in the development and application of innovative engineering solutions. New England VERC has a project portfolio with work in primary and specialty care models, inpatient medicine, surgical safety, and streamlining administrative processes.

Multiple learning opportunities for VERC fellows exist in areas such as project management, facilitation, mentorship, and lean. The fellowship curriculum is taught by healthcare practitioners and systems engineering experts.

Fellowship Goals

Engineering fellows will:

  1. Learn to apply industrial and systems engineering techniques to the improvement of health systems,
  2. Be immersed in clinical processes and procedures and will have the opportunity to pilot tests of change,
  3. Use advanced engineering methods such as modeling or simulation, and
  4. Submit a manuscript to a medical quality or systems engineering journal and/or present work as a conference poster or presentation.

Graduates of this fellowship will have experience and qualifications to obtain employment in healthcare settings or pursue further training in healthcare systems engineering.

Tom Rust at VHA
Fellows have opportunities to present at VA and national conferences.

Academic Engineering Partners

The New England VERC partners with engineering departments from Northeastern University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Dartmouth College for healthcare related applied projects.

VA Partners

  • National Center for Patient Safety
  • National Quality Scholars Fellowship Program
  • Center for Organization Leadership, and Management Research
  • VISN 1 Improvement Resource Office

Fellowship Requirements

Fellowship requirements include a master’s degree or a PhD in an engineering field as well as US citizenship. Preference will be given to candidates with industrial or systems engineering backgrounds. A fellowship start date of January or July is preferred.

Fellowship Stipend

An annual stipend is provided by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations; fellows with a master's degree earn approximately $33,000 and fellows with a PhD earn approximately $45,000. Benefits such as leave and health insurance are also offered to fellows.


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Maria Lebedeva, PhD