About the Course

Residency Fellowship in Health Policy
Spring 2019: March 18th to April 5th 

The Residency Fellowship in Health Policy (RFHP) is a special offering of the George Washington University’s Department of Health Policy and Management, made possible through the combined resources of the Milken Institute School of Public Health , the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Children’s National Medical Center. The RFHP is available to GW residents from all specialties who are interested in an intensive, short-term health policy fellowship as part of their graduate medical education experience. 

The goal of the RFHP is to provide residents with an understanding of U.S. health policy and its implications for medical practice and health care in the United States. The program, sponsored by the nationally ranked GW Department of Health Policy, is not available in any other U.S. graduate medical education setting and capitalizes on GW’s Washington, D.C. location and the extraordinary health policy resources available in the region.

The RFHP faculty speakers are selected from many disciplines and include a number of individuals who are national experts in their respective fields. By the end of the fellowship, participants will have received a basic grounding in key aspects of U.S. health policy and law through intensive seminars designed to build knowledge across the many fields of health policy including health care access, financing, regulation, quality, disparities, education and workforce policy, public health protection, and health law. Participants will also witness health policy-making first-hand, through field trips to a variety of settings including the Congress, federal agencies, professional associations, and local health delivery sites. In these settings, participants will have the opportunity to meet with policy professionals involved in many of today’s critical debates and decisions. Finally, participants will learn and apply fundamental principles of health policy analysis in simulations designed to mirror real-world challenges in health policy.

The three-week RFHP is offered twice each academic year. The Spring 2019 session will run from March 18th to April 5th. Participants will be expected to have clear schedules for the rotation period. Night call (when required) and continuity clinics will be respected. Additional absences are granted on an approval basis for extenuating circumstances and may not exceed two days. 

GW now partners with Kaiser Permanente to offer the  RFHP model in Southern California. See the program video or visit the KP course website to learn more.

The Residency Fellowship in Health Policy is co-directed by Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Professor of Health Policy and Pediatrics, Guenevere Burke, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Natalie Kirilichin, MD, MPH Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, and James Scott, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine. Interested residents should clear the dates with their program directors as soon as possible and contact Dr. Kirilichin at nlk10@email.gwu.edu or Dr. Mullan at fmullan@email.gwu.edu.