NIH Fellowship Seeks PA Applicants

Applications for Genomic Medicine Program Management Due Dec. 1, 2020

November 10, 2020

National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks qualified physicians, PAs, nurse practitioners and genetic counselors interested in acquiring credentials and experience to lead genomic medicine research and implementation programs at the NIH, major medical centers, and other organizations.

Genomic Medicine Program Management Fellowship
The NIH and American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Genomic Medicine Program Management Fellowship was recently established as a partnership among the ACMG and four components of the NIH: the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and the All of Us (AoU) Research Program.

This fellowship seeks to increase the pool of health practitioners in managing research and implementation programs in genomic medicine, which NIH considers to be the use of genomic information as part of an individual patient’s clinical care. The application deadline is December 1, 2020.

Two fellowships will be awarded annually and administered primarily by the ACMG, in collaboration with a fellowship committee of NIH representatives. The anticipated start date is in early July of each year, though exceptions may be considered.


  • U.S. citizens licensed to practice as physicians, PAs, nurse practitioners, and genetic counselors in the United States.
  • Having completed an applicable advanced degree (M.D., D.O., P.A., N.P., or genetic counseling M.S. or Ph.D.).
  • Strong interest in establishing and managing genomic medicine programs.
  • Post-graduate residency training is preferred, but not required.

This two-year fellowship will be located primarily in Bethesda, Maryland, though remote work may be considered if COVID-19-related workplace restrictions are still in place. At the start of the fellowship, each fellow will work at each participating NIH or ACMG component in a series of three to four month rotations. In this role, the fellow will participate as associates of extramural Program Directors or ACMG Program Directors working in a variety of ongoing extramural research program activities (see below). In addition to these rotations, fellows are encouraged to design an elective rotation for the final six months of the second year that may be pursued at ACMG, NIH, or an external site mutually agreed upon with the fellowship committee. ­Throughout these rotations, a patient-care experience equivalent to 0.5 day per week will be encouraged. This clinical work can be pursued as an adjunct clinician at the NHGRI intramural clinical research program or other clinical services within or outside NIH as feasible and desired. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows will be qualified to organize and manage complex research or implementation programs in genomic medicine. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
Interested candidates must complete the application and submit a curriculum vitae and summary of their experience and interest (2-3 pages) by December 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM, Eastern Time (ET). After this date, applications will be considered on a rolling basis, if space remains.

The summary should include: (1) a brief description of the applicant’s clinical training and prior professional positions; (2) interest and relevant experience in genomic medicine program management; (3) knowledge of genomic medicine implementation barriers and solutions; and (4) ideas about potential fellowship options (e.g., rotations, clinical involvement, or areas of emphasis), if known. For inquiries, please contact [email protected].

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