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            Community Health Advanced by Medical Practice Superstars (CHAMPS) Transformational Leadership Fellowship

            Are you a physician or physician’s assistant working in underserved or rural communities? Do you have an interest in leading the change in the communities you serve? Apply for the The Morehouse School of Medicine Community Health Advanced by Medical Practice Superstars (CHAMPS) Transformational Leadership Fellowship to gain leadership skills and skills for transforming your practice and community.

            This yearlong fellowship educates and empowers early/mid-career physicians and physician assistants practicing in metropolitan Atlanta and rural Georgia who are in emerging leadership roles to lead change within their institutions, larger surrounding environments, and at the national level.



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            The purpose of this program is to strengthen primary care and the workforce by establishing fellowship programs to train community-based practicing primary care physician and/or physician assistant champions to lead health care transformation and enhance teaching in community-based settings.  Characteristics of transformed health care delivery systems identified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) include:

            • Providers across the care continuum participate in integrated or virtually integrated delivery models,
            • Care is coordinated across all providers and settings,
            • High level of patient engagement and quantifiable results on patient experience,
            • Providers leverage the use of health information technology to improve quality,
            • Providers perform at the top of their license and board certification,
            • Population health measures are integrated into the delivery system, and
            • Data are used to drive health system processes.

            HRSA also recognizes addressing social determinants of health as a characteristic of transformed health care delivery systems.


            • Develop leadership capacity in healthcare transformation for primary care professionals;
            • Increase integrated and coordinated care services within and between care settings;
            • Improve the quality of care in healthcare organizations; and
            • Increase patient access to care.


            HRSA will provide physicians and physician assistants who have completed PCTE fellowships with priority status when applying for NHSC LRP awards. Participants in the NHSC LRP, NHSC Scholarship Program (SP), and NHSC Students to Service (S2S) LRP interested in participating in a PCTE primary care leadership fellowship program may convert to a half-time contract and continue satisfying their service obligation.  

            Each fellow will:

            • Earn CME through on-line course instruction
            • Engage in practical leadership and quality improvement instruction through virtual clinic site visits
            • Participate in monthly coaching sessions and technical assistance
            • Complete a healthcare transformation project with a focus on one of the 3 HHS priorities -childhood obesity, mental health and opioid abuse to benefit your practice and community
            • Build leadership skills that strengthen change processes in organizations
            • Become part of a team to coach and mentor future CHAMPS fellows


            Applications for the 2019/20 class will be accepted from 11/28/18 to 3/1/19.

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            Contact Christopher Ervin, M.D.Program Manager, or Kendra Moore, Director of Administration & Finance II (Department of Family Medicine, Department of Pediatrics), with questions about the fellowship.

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            This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Grant #T13HP31903, Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Training Primary Care Champions for $1,985,744. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.