LDI trains innovative scholars and leaders to meet the needs of an evolving health system by establishing, facilitating, and supporting cross-disciplinary programs in undergraduate, masters, PhD and executive education. Programs of particular interest to Senior Fellows are the LDI Fellows Program, the MD-PhD Program in Healthcare Financing, Organization and Delivery for Aging Populations, and the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Program.

The LDI Fellows Program

The LDI Fellows Program provides trainees of LDI Senior Fellows a community of over 100 scholars-in-training and access to all LDI resources and unique Fellow programing opportunities. Recommend your mentees who meet the appointment criteria to apply to be an LDI Fellow.

Appointment criteria include:

  • Must be a health services research doctoral or postdoctoral trainee at the University of Pennsylvania or CHOP.
  • Must have a senior fellow sponsor who is a research mentor or research collaborator.
  • Anticipate spending at least 100 hours per year on LDI activities.
  • Doctoral trainees cannot apply until they have successfully completed their coursework.

Qualifying activities to meet the 100-hour minimum spent on LDI include:

  • Conduct health policy or health systems research mentored by an LDI Senior Fellow.
  • Serve as a collaborator on a health policy or health systems research project with an LDI Senior Fellow.
  • Teach or TA a course at Penn on health policy or health systems.
  • Attend LDI Research or Health Policy Seminar Series.
  • Present public testimony or talks on behalf of LDI.
  • Prepare blog posts and/or tweet on behalf of LDI's mission.

Opportunities for LDI Fellows include opportunity to present to LDI community, pilot funding on a competitive basis, poster printing services, data services, electronic and informal networks to promote collaboration, and opportunity to meet with seminar speakers, to name a few.

Fellows are drawn from the many health services and policy research graduate and post-graduate training programs, including, but not limited to:

Click here for the link to the Fellow Application.

NIA T-32 Program for MD-PhD students training in Healthcare Financing, Organization, and Delivery for Aging Populations

LDI was instrumental in receiving a 5 year NIA T-32 grant to train outstanding physician-investigators who will become teachers, scholars, and leaders in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of care received by aging populations through research in financing, organization and delivery. This program primarily will support the PhD training years of MD-PhD students. Please send interested applicants to Joanne Levy, who is administering this grant; in addition, contact her if you’d be interested serving as a mentor for an MD-PhD student interested in aging.

Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Program

SUMR is a 12-week summer internship program focused on underrepresented minority undergraduate students recruited from universities across the country. The trainees experience classroom training in health services research, mentoring, and appropriate role models. The goal of the program is to address the current underrepresentation of minorities in academic fields that inform the direction of health care practice and policy, by attracting the next generation of potential health disparities researchers  and exposing them to research and our rich research environment. This program is 9obased on the belief that identifying and encouraging undergraduates at a time when they are considering their career options will greatly expand the pool of talented individuals who will enter health disparities research and these important fields.

Ways to get involved in SUMR:

  • Encourage promising students to apply, application deadline is February 1st.
  • Serve on the SUMR Selection Committee, reviews take place 2nd and 3rd week in February
  • Present your area of expertise or your research during the SUMR Orientation (the last week in May/first week in June)
  • Mentor the next generation of health services researchers throughout the summer months; research project abstracts must be sent in by early March.
  • Give a lunch talk during summer
  • Participate in SUMR Scholar social events
  • Attend the ‘End of SUMR’ Symposium (third week in August)
  • Suggest funding sources/contacts

For more information visit the SUMR website or contact Joanne Levy, program director.