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Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health

The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health provides interdisciplinary training to postdoctoral or post-residency fellows to prepare them for careers as independent women’s healthcare specialists. This is a US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)- Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) fellowship program. The program has an Associated Health Professional track, which supports an APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology as well as advanced training for nurses and social workers, and a Physician track. Through a combination of clinical, research, and teaching experiences, as well as cross-disciplinary training opportunities and supervision from women’s health specialists, the fellowship prepares healthcare professionals for a VA career that integrates clinical, research, and leadership activities focused on women’s health. Specifically, the fellowship will:

1)      Provide clinical training experiences that will teach the fellows to provide coordinated, comprehensive, and evidence-based clinical care for women Veterans (approximately 25% time).

2)      By use of a mentorship model, support the fellows’ development as a clinical researcher through a) translating scientific literature into sound, evidence-based studies and practice relevant to women Veterans, b) evaluating the effectiveness clinical interventions and c) disseminating evidence-based practices to other providers and entities serving women Veterans (approximately 75% time).

3)      Provide mentored teaching and leadership experiences to impart skills and knowledge that will allow the fellows to ultimately serve as advocates, educators, and mentors in the field of women’s health within the VA system.


For more information, go to: VA San Diego Psychology Internship and Fellowship Programs or contact Dr. Ariel Lang for Associated Health Professional Track (Psychology, Nursing, Social Work) or Dr. Karuna Ahuja for Physician Track