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Pediatric Health Services & Population Health Research

The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Fellowship in Pediatric Health Services and Population Health Research is hosted by the Division of Advanced General Pediatrics and the Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Outcomes, Research and Evaluation Center.

Kristin Kan, MD, MPH, MSc  serves as the Fellowship Program Director. Faculty members in AGP and Smith Child Health Outcomes, Research, and Evaluation Center are most likely to serve on fellows' mentorship teams, but all Lurie Children's faculty and potentially Northwestern University faculty may serve as members of fellows' mentoring teams. 

video: Meet Fellowship Program Director Kristin Kan, MD, MPH, MSc Video: Pediatric Health Services & Population Health Research - A Day in the Life of a Fellow


Advanced Study

Physician fellows will work toward an advanced degree besides their MD. The fellowship supports the pursuit of the Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research (HSOR) offered at Northwestern University.


Physician fellows will be expected to complete three types of projects during their fellowship years: (1) a review (systematic, narrative or policy-focused), (2) a qualitative methods project, and (3) a quantitative methods project.

Areas of Focus

At the time of application to the fellowship program, applicants are asked to identify one or more areas of emphasis that correspond with institutional training strengths within Lurie Children's and in conjunction with Northwestern University. Our faculty currently reflect a wide array of content expertise, including: 

  • Children with medical and social complexity and children with special health care needs 
  • Adverse childhood experiences and structural racism 
  • Health policy  
  • Bioethics 
  • Immigrant child health  
  • Developmental aspects of children’s wellness and illness, in clinical and community contexts 

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 Diversity & Inclusion

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. We encourage a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity, please see the McGaw Diversity & Inclusion page, the Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents & Fellows Forum and Feinberg School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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 Clinical Experience

During fellowship, physician fellows will be active in the general pediatric clinical setting for one half-day per week in year 1 of fellowship and up to 2 half-days per week in year 2 of fellowship.  Fellows will also share on-call responsibilities (i.e., overnight and weekend phone calls from parents but no inpatient service) with faculty in AGP.

 Requirements & Eligibility

Individuals who are board-certified or board-eligible in pediatrics and have completed their residency training from accredited U.S. residency programs are welcome to apply.

 Application Process

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis each year due on Dec. 1st to fill the positions for the following summer start date, anticipated on July 1. Each fellowship is expected to last two years.

Applications and questions about the Pediatric Health Services & Population Health Fellowship program can be directed to


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Kristin Kan, MD, MPH, MSc

Kristin Kan, MD, MPH, MSc

Fellowship Program Director, Lurie Children's Hospital Fellowship in Pediatric Health Services & Population Health Research

Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care

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Afia Jones

Afia Jones

Medical Education Coordinator, Pediatric Health Services & Population Health Research

Advanced General Pediatrics and Primary Care

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Video Gallery

Watch the videos below to learn more about our program and meet some of the people on our team.

More Information

Further program details, including the housestaff manual and a sample training contract, are available on the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University site.

Physician-Scientist Training & Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.


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