Schroeder Center - Brock Institute (SC-BI) Summer Research Fellowship Program


The inaugural EVMS Brock Institute/William & Mary Fellows from EVMS were, from left, Jillian Capucao, Meghana Kaloji and Abirami Thiyagarajan with Brock Institute Director Cynthia Romero, MD.

Summer 2017Policies and Procedures

The Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in collaboration with The Schroeder Center for Health Policy at William & Mary, supports student-faculty research related to health policy analysis and health services research to improve the health of our community.  EVMS students are invited to apply for up to three Schroeder Center - Brock Institute (SC-BI) Research Fellowships for the summer of 2017.  Applications are available to download‌ and are due by Friday, April 21, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.  Selection of three EVMS SC-BI Fellows will be completed and announced by Friday, April 28, 2017.


The SC-BI Summer Research Fellowship Program is a new collaboration between William & Mary and EVMS designed to award summer fellowships to students at both institutions.  The Schroeder Center for Health Policy and The Brock Institute for Community & Global Health are administrative organizations at the respective campuses and will have separate application processes and will make separate awards.  Students on both campuses will have opportunities for interaction with faculty and fellows from William & Mary and EVMS.

Award Basics and RequirementsFellows will receive a $3,000 stipend.Fellows must perform six weeks of full-time research between June 19 and July 28, 2017.Fellows must work with at least one EVMS faculty member.  The faculty member must be identified during the application stage and must write a letter of recommendation for the student's application.  Faculty mentors of successful applicants will receive a $1,000 stipend.Following selection, fellows will be provided with the names and contact information of appropriate William & Mary faculty who can provide additional expertise on student projects.During the summer, fellows will participate in several in-person and/or virtual meetings with all SC-BI Fellows at William & Mary and EVMS.Fellows will complete a paper and presentation about their research, findings, and recommendations.Students will present their research at a joint session with all SC-BI Fellows and possible other venues.EligibilityThe applicant must be an EVMS MD or MPH student in good academic standing.The applicant must be a continuing student (i.e., not a graduating senior).Research Priorities

Preference will be given to the following:

Students who have an interest in research focusing on issues pertaining to the health of the Commonwealth of Virginia or the Hampton Roads community. Students who have an interest in using quantitative research methods and/or analyze Patient Level Data or Readmission and Transfer files from the Virginia Health Information (VHI).  EVMS has a site license through the Brock Institute so students can access these data in collaboration with the EVMS Center for Health Analytics and Discovery (CHAD).Research Topic

Applicants will be given a topic that is a clinical and research priority which impacts the health of our community.  The Brock Institute follows The Schroeder Center for Health Policy definition of “health policy” to both guide its own work and to grant research, scholarship, and fellowship awards:  Health policy research and analysis is the study of national, state, and/or local government policies or programs that aim to promote the health of people, improve access to healthcare, and increase the quality, equity, and efficiency of care delivery.  The Schroeder Center and the Brock Institute recognize the important contributions and perspectives that various academic disciplines bring to the study of health policy issues.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Scholars in Health Policy Research program provides examples of the ways in which certain disciplines approach health policy issues (see

Thus, EVMS is currently engaged in a variety of research activities that may have implications for community health improvement efforts which will engage the EVMS SC-BI fellows. EVMS students will be assigned to a project of an EVMS faculty whose hypothesis/hypotheses could lead to community health policy updates or modifications.

For any questions, please contact Dr. Cynthia Romero, Director of the Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at or 757-446-7414 or Julie Stoner, MS, MPH, Associate Director of the Brock Institute at  or call 757-446-0363.

2017 Schroeder Center-Brock Institute (SC-BI)

Research Fellowship Program Schedule


Program dates:  June 12 - July 28, 2017

For EVMS SC-BI Fellows


Week 1 (6/12 - 6/16):  Self-study/Directed readings   


Week 2 (6/19 - 6/23):  

Mon., June 19, 930am – 1030am, SunTrust Conference Room

April Pace, EVMS Librarian for Education, “Intro to Library Resources and How to Conduct a Robust Literature Search”

Wed., June 21, 900am-100pm, 1st site visit at W & M (new location)

Jennifer Mellor, PhD, “Problems of Access, Costs and Quality in the US Healthcare System”


Week 3 (6/26 - 6/30): 

Tues., June 27, 900am-100pm, 2nd site visit at EVMS (Andrews Hall, Room 132)  

Kathie Zimbro, PhD, RN, Director, Quality Research Institute, Clinical & Business Intelligence, Sentara Healthcare

Wed., June 28, 900am-100am, Andrews Hall, Room 155

Harry Tillman, PhD, Asst. Dean, Human Subjects’ Protections, “Introduction to the IRB”


Week 4 (7/3 - 7/7):     

Thurs., July 6, 900am-100pm, 3rd site visit at W & M (new location)

Michelle Chesser, PhD, Executive Director, Joint Commission on Health Care, “Overview of the Joint Commission on Health Care”

Fri., July 7, 930am-1030am, Brickell Computer Classroom

Ruth Smith, EVMS Librarian for Outreach, “Library Outreach”



Week 5 (7/10 – 7/14): 

Wed., July 12, 1000am-1200pm, 4th site visit at EVMS (Andrews Hall 155)

Dr. Tina Cunningham, Director, Center for Health Analytics and Discovery, EVMS


Week 6 (7/17 - 7/21): Prepare presentations and posters


Week 7 (7/24 - 7/28): 

Tues., July 25, 10am Student Presentations at W&M

(with videoconferencing for EVMS faculty)


Other important dates:     

Summer Scholars Poster Reception

Thurs., Aug. 3, 4– 6pm, Lester Hall 104


EVMS Research Day

Tentatively scheduled for Fri., Oct. 13, 9am - 3:45pm

(poster session at 2pm), Lester Hall


2017 SC-BI Research Fellowship Program Application‌