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[ ASHEcon '16, University of Pennsylvania ]

6th Biennial Conference of the
American Society of Health Economists

New Frontiers in Health Policy and Health Care

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Conference Housing at the University of Pennsylvania

June 12 – June 15, 2016

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

May 24 16

Post-doctoral Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine

by charmaine

Post-doctoral fellowship (T32) in behavioral health and aging services research

The Department of Healthcare Policy & Research at Weill Cornell Medicine, located in New York City, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow in behavioral health and aging services research. This position, which is funded through a multi-site T32 program, is hosted by Dartmouth College, Cornell University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington.

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May 8 16

Mid-or Senior-Level Health Researcher/Schaeffer Fellow, RAND – Santa Monica

by charmaine

Overview of RAND

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND’s research and analysis address issues that impact people everywhere, including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has approximately 1,700 people from more than 45 countries working in offices in North America, Europe and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $260 million.

RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest. Our research is sponsored by government agencies, foundations, other nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. We rely on philanthropic support to reach beyond the scope of client-sponsored work to tackle questions that may be too big, too complex, or too new for our clients to address. RAND values objectivity and integrity in both its research processes and internal interactions. We emphasize a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff.

Position Description

RAND is seeking a mid- or senior-level health economist or health policy researcher who in their first year of employment at RAND will receive the Schaeffer Fellowship — a joint initiative of RAND Health ( and USC Schaeffer Center ( The Schaeffer Fellowship provides structured mentoring from RAND and USC Schaeffer Center faculty and funding for a one year term, with the possibility of an additional renewable term. Schaeffer Fellows build collaboration between RAND and USC, develop a research agenda tackling pressing health policy issues, and disseminate research to policy audiences.

This position is open to doctoral-level researchers in economics, health policy, health services research, or related fields, and to clinical researchers with research training and experience in health policy. Persons with strong training in health policy research and analysis; experience in building a health policy research portfolio; experience in all phases of research and analysis including study design, analysis, and dissemination; and a collaborative, entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged to apply.

Researchers at RAND ( work on solving real-world problems, including identifying how health systems function and determining where and how change has to occur. In addition to a large array of government- and foundation-funded research projects, RAND Health also conducts nonproprietary research and analysis on issues of public interest on behalf of private health care organizations and firms. Researchers work in multidisciplinary teams that include health policy researchers, economists, natural scientists, epidemiologists, and others with relevant training. They apply rigorous, empirical research designs to analyze health policy issues and evaluate programs


Successful applicants will have expertise in one or more specific areas of health policy research, demonstrated quantitative and/or qualitative research skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to lead and work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team, a strong publication record, a commitment to RAND’s core values of quality and objectivity, and a successful track record of securing federal funding (grants or contracts). Senior researchers at RAND are expected to show a demonstrated ability to lead interdisciplinary teams, to mentor junior staff, and to communicate interim and final results to the RAND community as well as to scientific and policymaking audiences.

Education Requirements

Ph.D. in economics, health policy, or related fields, and/or an M.D. with health policy research experience.


Minimum 5 years of research experience post-PhD or MD for the mid level, minimum 10 years for senior level. An established record of excellence in research, including a strong academic publication record consistent with experience is expected. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Preference for RAND’s Santa Monica, CA office, although the Arlington, VA office will also be considered.

Writing Sample Required

A writing sample is required for this position. The writing sample submitted should be a published or draft first authored journal article or report.

  • Attachments may be in pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, htm, html, ppt, or pptx format
  • Electronic, unclassified samples preferred
  • Writing samples must be in English

For additional guidelines, or if you do not have an electronic version of your writing samples, or if your writing samples are all classified, please click on “How to Apply” and then click “Writing Sample Guidelines” for further instructions.

RAND is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Vets/Disabled

May 8 16

Research Assistant Professor (non-tenure track), Boston University School of Medicine

by charmaine

The Section of General Internal Medicine in the Boston University School of Medicine is seeking to hire a new/recent PhD in health services research, health economics, epidemiology or other quantitative discipline, with demonstrated research interest and expertise in the impact of policy changes on disparities in healthcare access, utilization and outcomes. Based in the Health/care Disparities Research Program of the Section of General Internal Medicine, the position offers excellent opportunities to advance research skills through mentored and collaborative participation in several ongoing NIH-funded projects on a range of national and state policy changes.


  • Provide expertise in health services research for various research projects and consult with team members on study design, data analysis, and interpretation of results
  • Participate in ongoing federally-funded research projects on the impact of policy on disparities in health care utilization and outcomes
  • Lead mutually-identified components of currently funded studies through all phases of research
  • Develop an independent portfolio of inquiry demonstrated through peer-reviewed journal publications and advance toward independent funding


  • PhD or ScD in health services research, health economics, epidemiology or other quantitative discipline
  • Advanced training in statistical/econometric modeling and fluency in relevant software (Stata / SAS)
  • Experience working with large databases relating to health care utilization, electronic medical records and health surveys (Medicare, AHRQ, CDC, VA)
  • Strong writing and communicative skills
  • A solid emerging track record of professional achievement, including peer-reviewed publications and extramural funding
  • Demonstrated history of successful collaborative research experience, including leading project teams
  • To apply, please submit a letter of interest, CV, and contact information of three referees to Amresh Hanchate, PhD, at [email protected]. Application review will begin June 1 and continue until the positions are filled.

    May 8 16

    Health Economist, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

    by charmaine

    The integration of primary care and oral health is a strategic focus for the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), where several initiatives are underway to promote inter-professional training and care delivery. HSDM is recruiting a health economist to contribute to its initiative for the integration of oral health and medicine.

    This academic appointment comes with the rank of instructor, assistant professor or associate professor, commensurate with experience and qualifications, in the appropriate academic department based on successful candidate’s area of expertise. The successful candidate will have a dual reporting relationship to the Executive Director of the Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine (IIOHM)/Assistant Dean for Global and Community Health as well as his/her academic Department Chair.

    This individual will be responsible for conducting simulation economic models for various clinical scenarios and payment systems, assisting with ongoing studies, develop an independent research portfolio, and contribute to the predoctoral and/or postdoctoral teaching including health policy and statistics.

    Basic Qualifications:

    The successful candidate will have a PhD in Economics/Health Economics and a teaching portfolio which includes instruction in economics and statistics.

    Additional Qualifications:

    A DMD or MD is a plus. Experience in an academic or state/federal policy setting is desirable.
    Qualified candidate should apply at:

    Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Apr 15 16

    Call For Proposals– Economic Dimensions of Personalized and Precision Medicine

    by charmaine

    Precision medicine, the targeting of therapies on the basis of an individual’s biological, genetic, or clinical characteristics, is rapidly gaining prominence in health care. President Obama recently proposed to invest $215 million in a Precision Medicine Initiative, with the goal to further research into patient genetics and customized treatments. The sequencing of the human genome and rapid advances in technology have catalyzed the development of personalized medicine. Reliable and affordable genetic analysis is well within reach of many patients and payers. The majority of personalized therapies currently on the market are indicated for slowing tumor growth, or for treating infectious or orphan diseases. However, the promise has spawned a rapidly growing industry where genetic markers of disease and treatment are searched on a larger scale. The full promise of personalized and precision medicine (PPM), as healthcare innovations involving molecular diagnostics and pharmacogenomics are called, extends beyond targeting therapies for patients who are already sick. It also includes the ability to identify healthy individuals at elevated risk of disease, enabling preventive measures to be targeted towards those who could benefit most, but perhaps at substantial additional cost. PPM may upend traditional models of health insurance, reimbursement, and regulation.

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