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Research Fellowship in Population Health


The goals of the fellowship are (1) identification of appropriate areas of research activities, (2) research methodology and experimental design, (3) preparation of grant proposals, (4) scientific writing: preparation of abstracts for scientific meetings and manuscripts for peer review journal publication and (5) administrative preparation as a research director.


  • Deliver two lectures per year to Emergency Medicine residents in the focus area.
  • Participate in weekly research meetings with faculty mentor(s)
  • Participate in the Emergency Medicine Undergraduate Research Associates Program (established in ’97), one of the most successful in the country.
  • Participate in other departmental educational activities such as journal club, grand rounds, case conferences, and resident/student teaching. 
  • Serve as a fellow section editor and a reviewer for the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health or WestJEM ( 
  • Provide formal mentorship to selected Emergency Medicine residents, medical students or visiting research scholars working on research projects. 
  • Provide clinical service to the department at a level determined by the departmental chair. 

Program Description

The research scholar will function as a clinical instructor within the Department of Emergency Medicine. In this role, the fellow will serve as attending physician and supervise residents and medical students during their clinical shifts.
Fellows will have dedicated time for their own formal research education through an established masters level pathway. Weekly meetings with mentors will help shape the fellow into becoming an independent researcher.


The program will be headed by Bharath Chakravarthy, MD MPH and Shahram Lotfipour MD MPH. UCI Emergency Medicine Research scholars will meet regularly with their Research scholars will be required to submit progress reports every six months to the department chair and the Department of Emergency Medicine clinical research directors. 


Applicants must be board-certified or board-eligible emergency physicians. They must apply or have a California Medical License.


The fellow is funded through the clinical hours they work as this is a non ACGME fellowship. A stipend towards tuition for the masters degree is provided by the department. Additional research funding may also be available.
Full benefits including medical and dental will be provided by UC Irvine during the fellowship. Four weeks of vacation are available during the fellowship.

Dr. CHAKRAVARTHY Bharath Chakravarthy, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Public Health
Research Director
Director, MD-MPH Program
Co-Director, Research Fellowship in Population Health
Dr. Lotfipour

Shahram Lotfipour, MD, MPH
Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Public Health
Co-Director, Research Fellowship in Population Health