Yale and three universities to form National Clinician Scholars Program

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Dr. Cary Gross, top row, 2nd from right, and fellow leaders and advisers to the new Clinician Scholars Program formed by Yale, University of California Los Angeles, University of Michigan, and University of Pennsylvania

Yale University, in collaboration with the University of California Los Angeles, University of Michigan, and University of Pennsylvania, announce the launch of the National Clinician Scholars Program to educate nurses and physicians together to serve as scholars, leaders, and innovators who will improve health care, community health, and public policy. 

Scholars will learn to lead policy-relevant research and catalyze partnerships to improve health and health care.

After the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced in February 2014 that it was ending its Clinical Scholars program for physicians, the universities that are currently RWJF Clinical Scholars sites joined together to form the new training program. 

A novel aspect of the new initiative is that nurse scientists, as major contributors to health care and health services research, will partner with physicians to address new and emerging problems related to health. Integration of physician and nurse researchers in training to advance the field of healthcare from different perspectives will transform the health of communities and the culture of health care.

“We could not be more excited about offering this training program,” said Yale RWJF Clinical Scholars Program Co-Director Dr. Cary Gross. “As the health system is rapidly evolving, there are tremendous opportunities for physicians and nurses to not only translate research into action, but also to provide leadership from within the system that can improve health in our communities and across the nation.” 

Current program fundamentals, such as high-quality mentoring, a tailored curriculum, clinical work, and the annual national meeting will be maintained. 

The new National Clinician Scholars Program features a strong emphasis on engaging with partners such as community members, and health care providers for all scholarly work. Yale School of Medicine Dean Dr. Robert Alpern noted that, “One of the differentiating features of the program is the emphasis on moving research out of the ivory tower and into the community, clinic, or hospital. The scholars learn to conduct research by engaging with stakeholders throughout the research process.” 

At the heart of the program, faculty, clinical, and community partners will work directly with each scholar to develop projects to solve current real world health problems. 

Consistent with the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine “Future of Nursing” report, this new program will help to transform the health care system by providing opportunities for nurses and physicians to serve as full partners in health care redesign, improvement, and research.

Developing strong clinician scholars is crucial for the future of nursing and health care,” said Margaret Grey, dean of the Yale School of Nursing. “We are pleased to be involved with this unique program.”

Individuals selected for Cohort 2016-18 will begin the program on July 1, 2016. Visit the new program website. Interested applicants can include an email address on the secure website to receive updates on the program and application launch.

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