Basic Physician Assistant Cover Letter
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Dr. James Gerontology
Department of Epidemiology
Emory University School of Public Health
Atlanta, GA 30334
Dear Dr. Gerontology,
I am writing in response to your notice in the November Journal of Epidemiology of the position of Assistant Professor of
Epidemiology in your department. I am currently a doctoral candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public
Health and expect to complete all requirements for the degree by March, 201.
My dissertation deals with the evaluation of access to health care in the metropolitan Philadelphia area. Through my
association with the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), I interviewed80 mothers participating in
various parent education programs. From the qualitative data I gathered, as well as from quantitative data collected by
NAHSE, I am evaluating the efficacy of the programs. In addition, the qualitative data have led me to challenge cultural
assumptions about health care practices and to consider issues surrounding the mainstream definitions of seeking medical
treatment. Since the populations I have studied are largely poor minorities, I am examining the role of social norms and the
family experience of these parents.
As you can see from my CV, I have been most fortunate in my graduate student career to have had ample opportunity both
to teach and to do research. As a teaching assistant and as an instructor of my own courses, I have been afforded a great
deal of experience with a wide range of courses, including Qualitative Methods, Outcomes Research and Environmental
Induced Illness; a list of my teaching interests can be found on my CV. The anonymous reviews by my students have been
consistently laudatory, citing my knowledge, teaching style, and enthusiasm as highlights of the courses. I am committed to
working with students and have maintained professional relationships with many of them years beyond the classroom.
My research interests are as varied as my teaching. I have engaged in organizational research for the past three years with
Dr. Chad Everett at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. One article stemming from this work, “Comparing
Community Health Centers, Hospital Outpatient Departments, and Physician Offices,” has recently been published in the
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). In addition, I have worked extensively with Professor Jane Arbor,
formerly of Bryn Mawr College and currently of the University of North Carolina –Chapel Hill School of Public Health.
This work has included my master’s project on quality health care for the medically under-served in North Carolina.
Recently, I independently conducted research on female crack addicts in rehabilitative programs, a project which I
eventually hope to address in a series of short papers.
I have been an active member of the academic and social communities at both Schools of Public Health at Johns Hopkins
and the University of North Carolina. I have served on numerous committees and have been a vigorous and enthusiastic
participant in university life. My involvement spans groups as serious as the University Academic Planning and Budget
Committee, the Provost’s committee to which only two graduate students are appointed each year, and as whimsical as the
annual talent show, which I originated and continue to run each year.
I believe that I would be an asset to your department and university and would welcome the opportunity to discuss the
assistant professorship with you further. I look forward to hearing from you.
T. L. Candidate
T. L. Candidate
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