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AHRQ institutes new Kerr White Visiting Scholar Program

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is now accepting applications for the newly established Kerr White Visiting Scholars Program. The intent of the Kerr White Visiting Scholars Program is to combine opportunities for both the development of new scholars and enrichment of the Agency's intramural research program. Scholars participating in the program will draw from a wide range of theories and methods to address new and emerging issues related to health care access and use, quality, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes.

The Kerr White Visiting Scholars Program at AHRQ provides collaborative research opportunities, linking both new and recognized health care research scholars with AHRQ researchers. Visiting scholars will have an opportunity to learn and use AHRQ databases, including the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) and the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). Applicants can propose a general area of research interest or a specific project to be completed while in residence at AHRQ.

Positions are nonrenewable and can be filled for a period of 1 to 2 years. Mechanisms used to hire scholars range from service fellowships to Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) appointments. September 22, 2000, is the closing date for this year.

For additional information about the program, contact Francis D. Chesley, M.D., Director of AHRQ's Office of Research Review, Education, and Policy.

Editor's Note: This program is named in honor of Kerr L. White, M.D. Dr. White has been an internationally known leader in health care research for the past 50 years. Educated at McGill University in economics, political science, and medicine, Dr. White did postgraduate work at Yale University, the London Hospital Medical School, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In the 1950s, Dr. White introduced the term "primary medical care" and conducted a number of early studies in the medical discipline later defined as "health services research."

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