LEADER Fellowship

LEADER = Leadership in Academic Development, Education, and Research Studies

Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is that we are Family Medicine leaders, and we make it GREAT to be a Florida Gator!

Our mission is to produce emerging Family Medicine leaders able to rise to the challenge of the health care problems that prevent people from living healthy, fulfilling lives. We do this through equipping the family physician with competencies needed to thrive as a leader in clinical research, academics, and administration.

Program Aims

  1. Develop Family Medicine leaders by equipping them with the research, teaching, and administrative skills necessary to lead academic healthcare.
  2. Have our graduates attain positions in academic medicine.

The University of Florida, a top 5 public university, has a long history of academic success and a reputation for research excellence. The University of Florida College of Medicine is currently ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida for research by U.S. News & World report in its 2023-24 ranking of the best medical schools. This Non-ACGME accredited fellowship will build upon the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine’s long legacy of excellence in education and help us continue to lead through an era of accelerating change in the provision of primary care.

Who is Eligible?

Our fellowship program accepts one fellow each year and is open to applicants trained in Family Medicine. Applicants must be rising third year residents of an ACGME-accredited Family Medicine Residency Program or a graduate of an ACGME-accredited Family Medicine Residency Program. Our program does not accept J-1 Visa applicants at this time.

What and Where You’ll Learn

Our 24-month curriculum aims to equip fellows with strong research skills, deep knowledge of the social determinants of health and medical education, and the ability to effectively teach and lead in academic or community settings. Our fellows will learn from experienced and knowledgeable fellowship-trained faculty members whose students have gone on to become chairs, vice chairs, and program directors within academic health centers across the country. Most activities will occur at the UF Health Family Medicine Main Street clinic, the UF Health Shands Hospital, and the UF Health 1329 administrative building. Below is a sample of topics and skills that will be covered:

Research Skills:

  • Developing research questions in health services, medical education, or clinical primary care practice.
  • Designing and completing research studies with a focus on validity and impact and the intersection of the social determinants with health.
  • Communicating research results effectively through presentations and publications.
  • Understanding the process of securing research funds through grants and contracts.
  • Acquiring the skills to teach research principles to others.

Medical Education:

  • Understanding learning theory and its application to medical education.
  • Applying teaching methods to the small group, the large group, clinical, and procedural settings.
  • Developing educational curricula and assessment plans.
  • Mentoring peer and junior learners.

Leadership and Administrative Skills:

  • Learning the fundamentals of leadership in healthcare.
  • Demonstrating the ability to use negotiation skills and to lead a change management project.
  • Understanding basic management concepts related to finance, accounting, and budgeting.
  • Preparing administrative reports and leading meetings.

Fellows will be enrolled in a Master’s Program that will help to meet the aims of the primary care clinical research missions of this fellowship.


Fellows are employed by the University of Florida College of Medicine as PGY-4 or PGY-5 housestaff for salary and benefit purposes. For more information, please visit the University of Florida Graduate Medical Education website at http://gme.med.ufl.edu. In addition to UF benefits, the following are available to our fellows:

  • Generous travel reimbursement
  • Time away for national conferences
  • Department funded Master’s Program

How to Apply

Applicants will submit their applications for fellowship directly to the Program Coordinator. Applicants must have completed residency training from an ACGME accredited program by the time of matriculation. Please include:

  • LEADER Fellowship Application
  • Personal goals statement
  • Summary of prior research experience and additional degrees or training (for example, MPH)
  • Three letters of recommendation with at least one from former residency program
  • Official USMLE transcripts
  • Wallet-sized color photo

Contact Us

For information on the University of Florida College of Medicine Department of Community Health and Family Medicine LEADER Fellowship program, please contact:

Program Coordinator:

Michael S Glendinning

Michael S Glendinning

Project Manager II
Phone: (352) 273-5103

Program Director:

Arch Mainous

Arch Mainous PhD

Professor And Vice Chair Of Research, CHFM
Phone: (352) 273-5159