The VA Healthcare Systems Engineering Postgraduate Fellowship introduces recent engineering graduates to the growing field of healthcare engineering. The VA runs the largest healthcare system in the country, serving 8.7 million Veterans, and is a leader on many quality and safety metrics. The fellowship is based at the New England Veterans Engineering Resource Center (VERC) in the vibrant city of Boston, MA. The VERC is a dynamic group of engineers and process improvement specialists working on regional and national projects to enable VA healthcare to efficiently, effectively, and reliably provide exceptional care.
The VA Healthcare Systems Engineering Postgraduate Fellowship is designed to give engineers regardless of prior healthcare experience the tools to enter the expanding field of healthcare engineering. Fellowships last one year for master’s level fellows and two years for fellows with PhDs.
Healthcare Systems Engineering Fellows have the opportunity to:
Graduates of this fellowship will have experience and qualifications to obtain employment in healthcare settings or pursue further training in healthcare systems engineering. VERC collaborates with researchers within VA and at top academic institutions (MIT, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Purdue), allowing interested candidates to pursue mentored research projects during the fellowship.
An annual stipend is provided to all fellows. For 2015, the stipend will be $32,500 for master’s level fellows and $46,000 for fellows with a PhD. Benefits such as leave and health insurance are also offered to fellows.
Graduates of the program have gone on to careers in:
VA System Redesign staff and VERC staff engineers
Candidates from master’s and PhD level accredited programs in an engineering field are invited to apply. Applicants must have a US citizenship due to federal employment rules. Visa sponsorship is not available for this program. Preference will be given to candidates with industrial or systems engineering backgrounds.
The program starts in July each year, with some flexibility for desirable candidates. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to NEVERC.Fellowship@va.gov. Selected candidates will be contacted for a phone interview and will be asked for 3 recommendation letters.