Postdoctoral Fellowship for MD and RN Health System Change Agents
National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP)
May 29, 2018
Fellowship - Experienced
Want to Translate Research into Action?
The National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) is a two-year interprofessional fellowship for physicians and postdoctoral nurses designed to foster critical thinking and data-driven inquiry and scholarship to transform the practice of health care. Applications are now being accepted for Cohort 2019-2021. The deadline is August 1, 2018, 5 pm EST.
What We Do
The NCSP offers a unique platform to transform its Scholars into health system change agents who leverage policy-relevant research and professional partnerships to create new community partnerships and practice models that reduce disparities, improve the quality of care, and reduce costs. NCSP Scholars are positioned to drive change in academic health centers, healthcare systems, government agencies, foundations, and think tanks around the world.
Growing out of four decades of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program, and in partnership with the VA Office of Academic Affiliations, the NCSP offers physicians and postdoctoral nurses unique clinical and community-based research training grounded in intensive mentorship. The five training sites of the NCSP are Duke University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Michigan; University of Pennsylvania; and Yale University.
How We Do It
The NCSP is a two-year, full-time, site-based fellowship. 100% effort devoted to program activities is a program requirement. Scholars train in residence at one of the five participating sites, where they take classes, conduct research, collaborate with community partners, and receive ongoing mentorship from committed faculty members. Scholars participate in a robust, clinician-tailored core curriculum in organizational change, social change, applied translation research methodology, community engagement, program development and evaluation, team management, communication, leadership, and policy analysis.
Who Should Apply
MDs (including surgeons in their research years) and RNs with a doctoral degree (PhD or DNP) are eligible to apply. The clinical training for physicians and the doctoral degree for nurses should have been completed within the past 5 years prior to the application process. Physician applicants must have or be eligible for medical licenses. For all applicants, relevant research experience is a particular strength in the application evaluation process. The NCSP program directors and a designated national program committee will make all acceptance decisions.
To be eligible for the National Clinician Scholars Program, physicians and nurses must:
be committed to a career in serving as change agents to improve health, whether it is academic medicine, public health, health policy, or another career congruent with the program's purposes and priorities of developing physician and nurse leaders and skilled researchers;
be highly regarded by those responsible for their clinical training;
complete the clinical requirements allowing for independent clinical work by the date of entry into the program (except for surgeons); and
be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its territories at the time of application.
Desirable attributes of applicants include:
demonstrated interest in improving health or the healthcare system;
exhibited leadership capabilities, including setting high personal goals and motivating others;
demonstrated ability to develop new ideas and to implement them;
ability to interact and communicate effectively with others;
record of consistent accomplishment of project activities;
previous research experience, published or unpublished; and
interest in, and/or experience with, community organizations.
This program embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions, such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, and disadvantaged socioeconomic status. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who will help us expand the perspectives and experiences we bring to our work. We believe that the more we include diverse perspectives and experiences in our work, the better able we are to help all Americans live healthier lives and get the care they need. We encourage applications from diverse clinical backgrounds.
How to Apply
Qualified physicians and nurses with a PhD or DNP are encouraged to apply. Accepted applicants will enter this two-year interprofessional fellowship on July 1, 2019. Scholars receive a stipend and full benefits package, along with financial support for books, travel, research, and related expenses. They also have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in an affiliated program at each site.
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Growing out of four decades of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Veterans Administration (VA) Clinical Scholars Program, an independent group of community, health system, policy and academic partners have come together to create and launch the new National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP), a unique two-year, site-based post-graduate training program for physicians and nurses. The inaugural sites of the NCSP, formerly Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program sites, are the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University.The National Clinician Scholars Program is designed to foster critical thinking and data-driven inquiry and scholarship to transform the practice of health care. The program trains future health-system leaders in rigorous research methods, implementation science, and communications and leadership skills for roles in systems innovation, policy leadership, and academic research. The NCSP offers a unique platform to transform these interprofessional scholars into health system change agents who leverage policy-relevant research and professional partnerships to create new practice ...models that reduce disparities, improve the quality of care, and reduce costs. Its nurse and physician scholars are positioned to drive change in academic health centers, health-care systems, government agencies, foundations, and think tanks around the world.