LDI trains innovative scholars and leaders to meet the needs of an evolving health care system by establishing, facilitating, and supporting cross-disciplinary programs at the undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels. Programs of particular interest to Senior Fellows are the LDI Associate 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 Associate Fellows Program

The LDI Associate 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.

Opportunities for LDI Associate 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.

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

Click here to see the LDI Associate Fellow Application.

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 based 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 SUMR program director Joanne Levy.