The Phyllis Torda Health Care Quality Fellowship

The Phyllis Torda Health Care Quality Fellowship

The Phyllis Torda Health Care Quality Fellowship Program provides an exciting and unique training opportunity for a new generation of health care quality leaders from diverse backgrounds. The fellowship celebrates the life of Phyllis Torda, who was devoted to improving the national health care system. Her wide-ranging work included efforts to promote the use of electronic health records and patient-reported outcomes for performance measurement, and new strategies and methodologies for physician measurement. 

The Phyllis Torda Fellow will work on critical issues related to health care quality, research and policy: 

  • How patient-reported outcomes can improve case management
  • Patient engagement in care and providing better information for decision making
  • Quality related to behavioral health
  • How health information technology can be used for quality improvement
  • Healthcare delivery transformation in practices and health systems
  • Measurement for vulnerable and diverse populations

This unique fellowship lasts 12 months, full time, in the NCQA offices in Washington, DC. The fellow will be supported by senior staff with expertise in health care quality, measure development, health care informatics, health care policy and implementation, practice transformation, health care outcomes research and analysis of health care quality data. 

The selected fellow can expect the following opportunities: 

  • Attend briefings with policy leaders on quality issues
  • Attend research and policy-oriented events
  • Participate in measure development, research and policy activities
  • Enhance analytical skills
  • Develop presentations, white papers or manuscripts for a research or policy audience

Mentors will provide oversight of each fellow’s independent learning plan to ensure that fellowship activities are in line with career goals. Mentors will meet regularly with fellows to discuss progress. Fellows will also have access to NCQA data and resources to support their learning plan. 

For more information on eligibility, the application process and how Torda Fellows are selected, click here.