Application Process


Creating Leaders in Healthcare

The CERC Fellowship provides the opportunity to work closely with national healthcare leaders through faculty members, guest lecturers, mentors, exposure to CERC partners, and the ability to complete observations at distinguished sites.

Fellows are guided by Arnold Mistein, MD, MPH, Director of CERC, Professor of Medicine and national leader in the acceleration of clinical service innovations that improve the societal value of health care, and Terry Platchek, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and a national leader in healthcare performance improvement. Additional faculty and mentors are drawn primarily from Stanford’s schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Business and from a collaborating health economic research center at Harvard Medical School.

€"CERC provided me with an education in value-based care and health systems design. Practically, it taught me many valuable tools including design thinking, data coding/analysis, actuarial modeling, and how to deliver pitches in the C-suite. Ultimately, CERC has changed my career by giving me a novel lens to view all of surgical care and allowed me to pivot towards a career in health services research, healthcare policy, and healthcare administration. As the saying goes, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” CERC exposed me to a whole new world of unknowns, and I’m very grateful to have spent a year with such visionaries."

 -Cliff Sheckter, 2016-17 Design Fellow


We seek early-career aspiring innovators from diverse backgrounds who have the potential to become leaders in the design of higher value healthcare.

Individuals with backgrounds in medicine, social science, behavioral science, management science, operations engineering or business are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a terminal degree.

Successful applications will be able to show a strong interest and track record of improving value in medicine.  

How to Apply

We begin recruiting in November, applications can be submitted at any time and will be kept on file. Admissions are on a rolling basis; candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To apply to the CERC Fellowship program, candidates must provide their C.V. and letter of interest to the Fellowship Coordinator, Zoe Richardson -  

Time Expectation

The fellowship runs from the beginning of August through the end of June. For active clinicians, 80% of their time is to be spent exclusively to onsite fellowship activities with two half-days per week that may be used to meet clinical service obligations. We work with our fellows to ensure that the half-day periods are synchronized across the team. CERC-funded fellows receive a monthly stipend and university benefits during the fellowship period.

Learn More about the Fellowship

For an informational handout regarding applying for the 2018-19 Fellowship, please download the document below.