PCMH Faculty Development Fellowship

Fellowship Director: Karen Fitzpatrick, MD

Primary care practices must implement significant process changes and training to become patient-centered medical homes. The PCMH Faculty Development fellowship is offered to develop family physician faculty who are equipped to innovate, evaluate, and teach about new models of care delivery and population health approaches.

The Faculty Development Fellowship with emphasis on Patient-Centered Medical Home and Population Health provides family physicians with practical experiential learning in patient care, teaching, and scholarship while acquiring leadership skills and expertise in primary care transformation.   The fellowship prepares family physician leaders to support and train primary care physicians and their teams in evolving models of advanced primary care.

WVU Health System (WVU Medicine) has numerous primary care practices actively engaged in redesign to the PCMH model. The fellowship director, Dr. Karen Fitzpatrick, is the health system AVP and Medical Director of Ambulatory Quality, a role which includes leading practice transformation for over twenty regional primary care practices. The fellow will actively participate in health system population health innovation and improvement activities for multiple primary care practices. The rich academic environment of the department and the institution provides valuable opportunities to teach and participate in innovation. The fellow will participate in teaching about the new primary care model to learners from various disciplines, including medical students, primary care residents, public health students and others.  

The fellow has 0.5 FTE assignment to participate in PCMH and population health activities for the Family Medicine Department, other regional primary care practices, and for the health system. The fellow will receive direct mentoring, self-directed learning, experiential learning, and national seminars. The fellow will serve as a member of practice quality leadership teams, including supporting quality improvement projects by residents and faculty.   The fellow will have teaching assignments for departmental didactic teaching and other learners such as the public health navigator program. The clinical work assignment of 0.5 FTE includes direct patient care and supervising residents/students (may function as instructor-level faculty except in case of PGY4 with Visa limitations).   The fellow receives NCQA training and sits for the NCQA PCMH Content Expert examination during the fellowship year, providing external validation of expertise in practice transformation. The fellow is expected to develop a scholarly project such as a publication, a regional presentation, or poster.

The fellowship is designed to prepare future family medicine faculty with expertise in improvement science, change management, population health analytics, and team-based care delivery.   Two family physicians have completed the fellowship and both have accepted academic positions at the Department of Family Medicine (Dr. Shaylee Peckens, now in a role as department Quality Director, and Dr. Melody Phillips).

Educational Objectives

  1. Acquire skills to develop, evaluate, teach, and lead practice improvement and practice-based population health.
  2. Acquire applicable knowledge and experience regarding PCMH/advanced primary care approaches.
  3. Acquire knowledge and experience in population health, including developing, evaluating and disseminating new approaches to improve outcomes for patient populations.


For more information, please contact Karen Fitzpatrick, MD

A photo of Karen Fitzpatrick.

Karen M. Fitzpatrick, MD

West Virginia University
Associate Professor, Medical Director or Ambulatory Quality, Family Medicine