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Highlights from AHCPR's Health Care Research Scholars Program

This is the first article in a series focusing on the recent achievements of current and former scholars who received support for their research education from the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research through our National Research Service Award (NRSA) institutional training grants program.

We are very proud of the accomplishments and recognition received by these current and former students, as well as the accomplishments of their training programs and advisors. We look forward to sharing their news with you from time to time.

These features will provide a window into the future of health services research and the individuals who have already begun to lead the way toward meeting the new challenges we will face in the years ahead. If you are a current or former scholar whose research education was supported by AHCPR or its predecessor agency (the National Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology Assessment, NCHSR) and you would like to be mentioned in an upcoming issue of Research Activities, please send a message with appropriate information to our E-mail box: In particular, we are eager to hear about how your research findings have been translated into practice or how your research has affected health care in the United States. We look forward to hearing from you.

This month we are focusing on the achievements of fellows and predoctoral candidates.

Achievements by Fellows

  • Siran Koroukian, Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University, 1995-1998) was awarded the 1999 Dekker Foundation Outstanding Student Award in Health Services Research.
  • Sue Goldie, M.D., (Harvard, 1995-1997) was named the Outstanding Teacher of the Year while at Yale University School of Medicine as part of the Physician Associate Program in 1997. She also received the Larry Lynn Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine in 1998.
  • Valerie King, M.D., M.P.H., (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997-present). After just 1 year on a postdoctoral NRSA grant, Dr. King was awarded one of ten Atlantic Fellowships offered by the Commonwealth Fund. She is spending a year in England at Oxford studying health care and policy issues in the European Union countries.

Predoctoral Candidates

  • Alyce Adams (Harvard University, 1997-1998) is the recipient of a 3-year graduate prize fellowship at Harvard. In addition, she received a Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences summer fellowship for her preliminary dissertation research regarding tribal involvement in health care resource allocation on Native American reservations.
  • Jill Lavigne (University of Rochester, 1994-1996) received an AHCPR dissertation grant entitled "Diabetes-related productivity: Significance and sensibility to medical management."
  • Loel Solomon (Harvard University, 1996-1999) received the Jacob K. Javits Senate Fellowship while at Berkeley in the Masters' program. He was also a professional staff member to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources where he was responsible for several key features of the comprehensive health reform bill reported by the Committee in the 103rd Congress.
  • Michael Trisolini (Brandeis, 1995-1999) recently received an AHCPR dissertation grant for his work on health-related quality of life issues in dialysis.

Next month's issue of Research Activities will focus on research grants awarded to fellows and appointments of recent training program graduates.

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