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The Health Services Research Continuum 


As a TOPS Trainees, you will conduct mentored health services research within one of three clinical content areas:

  • cancer prevention and early detection

  • cancer diagnosis and treatment

  • palliative care and survivorship

Methodologic Themes


TOPS Fellows will work with a primary mentor from a large and diverse faculty of researchers across the 7 institutions of the DF/HCC who have expertise in a variety of health services research methodologies including

  • qualitative research, survey research, and patient-reported outcomes

  • observational research including comparative effectiveness and pharmacoepidemiology

  • intervention studies

  • clinical informatics, mobile/electronic health and machine learning/artificial intelligence

  • implementation science

  • health policy, health economics, and decision science



Each of these methodologies are relevant to numerous clinical disciplines, including

  • primary care

  • medical oncology

  • pediatric oncology

  • surgical oncology

  • radiation oncology

  • palliative and supportive care

  • psychiatry and behavioral health

  • cancer genetics

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