National Clinician Scholars Program

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Meet the Scholars!

December 13, 2017

The National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) is pleased to announce the members of the incoming 2018-20 Scholars cohort, who will enter the program on July 1, 2018. To learn more about our new and current Scholars, please visit our Scholars page.

2018-20 Scholars

NCSP/VA Collaboration

November 03, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) and the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) have partnered to offer training for clinicians to become change agents and health system leaders through a collaborative enrichment program offered competitively to nursing and physician fellows. The enrichment will involve a standardized curriculum, health system and research projects, career mentoring, policy work, and clinical and patient care activities, all in the context of interprofessional engagement. The collaboration between OAA and NCSP will enrich the awardees' experience by providing the opportunity for VA-funded Scholars to:

  1. Practice clinically at local VA medical centers and clinics
  2. Engage local and national VA faculty and administration officials in support of program objectives
  3. Receive advice regarding VA priorities and career opportunities within the VA

Read more about the NCSP/VA collaboration here.

Current Fellow Kia Skrine Jeffers' Project Detailed in Magazine

October 11, 2017

Kia Skrine Jeffers, PhD

Read about Kia Skrine Jeffers NCSP project in this month's UCLA's School of Nursing Magazine.

Alumnus Mark Schuster in the News!

September 13, 2017

Mark Schuster

Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, scheduled to open fall of 2019, has selected Dr. Mark A. Schuster, a health policy expert and professor of pediatrics, as the school’s founding dean and CEO, the board of directors announced Tuesday.

Schuster has served as the William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and chief of general pediatrics and vice chair for health policy in the Department of Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, according to a statement.

As founding dean, Schuster will oversee day-to-day operations at the Kaiser medical school and the school’s direction. He will assume his position next month. Continue Reading

Inviting New Sites into the National Clinician Scholars Program

April 17, 2017

The National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) invites qualified institutions to submit an application to join NCSP as a new site. Applications are due on August 25, 2017. For more details, please refer to the “New Academic Sites” section of this website.

New National Program Board

June 10, 2016

Dr. Linda Sarna

We enthusiastically announce the appointment of members of the National Program Board (NPB). The Board is charged with providing oversight for the NCSP and helps to ensure that all NCSP sites recruit elite clinicians and provide high quality training consistent with the principles and goals of the program. NPB members also provide mentorship to the Scholars and guidance over program plans such as expansion of the program to additional sites.

Linda Sarna, interim dean at the UCLA School of Nursing, has been elected as the first National Board Chair for the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP). One of the original founders of NCSP, Sarna was elected unanimously and will serve a three-year term. Click here for a full list of members.

Scholar News

Tiffany Montgomery

Congratulations to 2016-2018 Penn/VA Scholar Tiffany M. Montgomery, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, who was recently named a recipient of the National Black Nurses Association’s (NBNA) inaugural “Under 40 Award”!

Frequently Asked Questions

February 12, 2015

Is this the same program as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program?

No. Although the RWJF provided generous support to the Clinical Scholars Program for more than 40 years, the Foundation announced a reorganization of its Human Capital Portfolio in 2013, ending support for their training programs in their current form. The Foundation is in the process of creating new training opportunities, which will be substantively different from the current Clinical Scholars Program, which is based at four university sites and is enrolling its final class in July of 2015. The National Clinician Scholars Program offers interprofessional training, as post-doctoral nurses training as Scholars alongside the physicians. Continue Reading.

Interdisciplinary Education for an Inter-professional Cohort

February 11, 2015

Clinician Patient

Scholars join us from a wide variety of clinical specialties to offer a rich learning environment of different perspectives. Nurse and physician Scholars training together offers an opportunity to create team-based approaches to address communities' most pressing health and health care needs. While inter-professional training is increasingly given lip-service in clinical settings, this program offers a unique opportunity for the Scholars to learn and innovate together, and with community partners, in the research context with deep and sustained intellectual engagement across professional boundaries.

New Consortium To Continue Clinical Scholars Program

February 2015

NCSP Leadership

One year after the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced a plan to close its Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Los Angeles, Michigan and Yale, those schools have formed their own consortium to continue "a critically needed training program."

Leaders from the four currently funded universities, national program office, and national advisory committee, as well as the Veterans Health Administration, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Institute (PCORI) and Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) and RWJF gathered at Penn's Houston Hall last week to hammer out the logistical details of the new organization which is expected to begin recruiting new clinical scholar candidates almost immediately to enter in July, 2016. Continue Reading.

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