Developing leaders to educate, evaluate, and innovate in Health Professions Education for the VA and the Nation

The Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research (HPEER) Advanced Fellowship is funded through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) and is an interprofessional, 2-year post-masters’ or post-doctoral fellowship in curriculum design and implementation, evaluation, and research



Working to improve healthcare for Veterans and the nation


Striving to advance best practices in Health Professions Education


Creating innovation within existing training programs offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs

Program Overview

As a nationally coordinated program, HPEER offers 8 sites across the nation and is coordinated from the Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont.

Our Sites.

Each site offers a deep bench of expertise in the field of Health Professions Education, individualized mentoring, and projects tailored to meet the interests and goals of each fellow


Salt Lake City


San Francisco


West Haven


White River Junction

A Few Words from Our Alumni

Joshua Hamer, PhD

Houston, TX  | 2021

“The HPEER fellowship provided me with invaluable experiences of professional and personal growth and afforded inter-professional collaboration opportunities regarding quality improvement and evaluation. At the end of my postdoctoral clinical fellowship, I knew I needed to hone my research and evaluation skills to make a systems-level impact on the provision of clinical services and associated patient outcomes. The HPEER fellowship helped me acquire new, non-clinical, systems improvement and evaluation skills while simultaneously allowing me to build a broad portfolio of enduring health professions educational products.”

Megan Gregory, PhD

Houston, TX  | 2018

“The mentoring and opportunities I received as part of the HPEER fellowship shaped me into a better researcher and educator”

Eligibility Criteria

HPEER was created for a broad array of professions and potential fellows

Whether you are a clinician, educational content expert, or evaluator, HPEER might be the right fit for you. We capitalize on the strengths that each of our fellows bring to the program and provide them with the tailored experience and guidance they need to pursue an expanded career in health professions education.

Who is eligible to be an HPEER Fellow?


  • Post-doctoral PhDs (both clinical and non-clinical)
  • Post Residency Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Master’s level prepared trainees
  • Non-Physician Trainees Must be a US Citizen, Physician Trainees must at least have a J1 or HB-1 Visa
  • Individuals who are not currently enrolled in any other fellowship program
From which professions does HPEER recruit?

HPEER fellows can come from a variety of professional backgrounds. HPEER fellows may be subject matter experts, healthcare professionals, or both. They include but are not limited to: anthropologists, graphic designers, social workers, dietitians, dentists, educators, physical therapists, psychologists, pharmacists, nurses, and physicians.

Is HPEER right for me and if so which site?

Every fellow’s pathway through fellowship starts with a conversation. To determine if HPEER is right for your career goals, use the form submission below to state your interests and credentials.

Each site has its own specializations, interests, and types of applicants it pursues. In order to determine which site is the best fit, use the submission form below to state your interests and credentials.