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Associate Service Fellowship in the Division of Health Care Statistics - CDC National Center for Health Statistics

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Location: Hyattsville, MD
Full-time position
Closing Date: December 8, 2017
Opportunity Type: Fellowship
Job #12064
Posted: November 28, 2017

Fellowship overview

NCHS and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have partnered to conduct the National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS). NHCS integrates three long-standing surveys, the National Hospital Discharge Survey and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (both conducted by NCHS) and the Drug Abuse Warning Network (previously conducted by SAMHSA). The goal of NHCS is to provide reliable and timely health care utilization data for hospital-based settings. NHCS collects administrative claims data or electronic health record data for all inpatient discharges, emergency department (ED) visits, and outpatient department visits including ambulatory surgery from a sampled hospital.

 The Fellow will analyze survey data and prepare statistical files and related documentation in support of the development and refinement of algorithms to identify substance- and mental illness-involved ED visits from NHCS data. The Fellow will plan a validation study with SAMHSA of the algorithms created. The Fellow will use natural language processing to identify and flag substance- and mental illness-involved ED visits documented in clinical notes and other text fields. The Fellow will also prepare written reports and publications.

Additional Details:



This fellowship is open to all citizens of the United States or legal permanent residents with a work authorization. (Applicants are responsible for obtaining the necessary work authorization.)Applicants should have a master’s degree with 2 years of experience or a doctoral degree in health services research, statistics, survey methods, epidemiology, or a related social science or health field. Experience using SAS with large complex data sets and familiarity with natural language processing is required. In addition, applicants should have experience working with national surveys, especially surveys of health care providers, and understand survey design and weighting. Familiarity with electronic health record data and with medical coding (e.g., ICD–10–CM) is desirable. Strong analytical, writing, and interpersonal skills are essential.

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted through December 8, 2017. Interested applicants should submit a complete packet including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate credits (in sealed and signed envelopes), two reference letters (on official letterhead with original signatures), and a published or unpublished publication with the applicant as the sole author to Dr. Carol DeFrances at the mailing address below. Email submissions will be not accepted.  Inquiries or questions regarding this fellowship can be directed to

Mailing address

Carol DeFrances, Ph.D.
Chief, Ambulatory and Hospital Care Statistics Branch
National Center for Health Statistics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
3311 Toledo Road, Cubicle Number 3482
Hyattsville, MD 20782

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