Innovation in Health Professions Education Since 2014

The Advanced Fellowship in Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research (HPEER) serves to develop experts who will advance health professions education through practice, inquiry, and improvement, leading to enhanced training and education of healthcare providers for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Nation. Funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Academic Affiliations, the program is comprised of 8 sites across the nation and a coordinating center housed in Houston, Texas with leadership in both Houston, Texas and White River Junction, Vermont.

The HPEER Fellowship is interprofessional in nature with both advanced fellows and faculty representing a diverse array of professions and specialties. Interprofessional cross site communication and collaboration between faculty and advanced fellows is a cornerstone of the program.

Program Components

The HPEER Advanced fellowship consists of different components all working synergistically to produce experts in health professions education. Program components include both a National and Local Curriculums, Individual Mentorship, Project-Based Experiential Learning, and an Annual National Face-to-Face Conference.

National Curriculum

All HPEER fellows take part in varied learning opportunities throughout the academic year. In large part the national curriculum consists of weekly, 1-hour sessions implemented via the Zoom video conferencing app with engaging didactics led by program faculty and guest speakers

Individual Mentorship

Each fellow has a dedicated faculty member or subject matter expert to guide them through the fellowship and their individual projects.

Local Curriculum

Each site offers local instruction and resources to enhance the learning of their local cohort of fellows.

National Face-to-Face Conference

Every year the entire HPEER fellowship (fellows, faculty, and program staff) meets for an annual face-to-face conference for networking, presentations of fellow’s work, professional development, and overall program cohesion.