Apply to the Program
February 28, 2017
The NCSP application system is undergoing important updates in preparation for the Cohort 2018-20 application process. The new application will become available online on May 1, 2017. Please refer to the “Apply” section on this website for more details on the application timeline and for information about our “Ask the Program Directors” conference calls for interested applicants.
For a program overview, please refer to this website. We also welcome your inquiries. Please do not hesitate to contact our site administrators or central office with any questions. We are also happy to connect you with program faculty, current Scholars, or alumni to learn more about NCSP.
Meet the Scholars
February 28, 2017
To learn more about the inaugural NCSP 2016-18 Cohort and the incoming 2017-19 Cohort, please visit this page.
Linda Sarna appointed new Dean at UCLA
November 07, 2016
Linda Sarna, an internationally recognized scholar in promoting the role of nursing in tobacco control and oncology research focused on patients with lung cancer, has been appointed dean of the UCLA School of Nursing.
Sarna, who has served as interim dean of the nursing school since March 2015 and acting dean from July 2014 to March 2015, will become the school’s seventh dean, effective Nov. 15. Having earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from UCLA, she is the first UCLA alumna to serve in this position. She received her doctorate from UC San Francisco. Read the press release.
New National Program Board
June 10, 2016
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.
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”!
Inviting New Sites into the National Clinician Scholars Program
March 21, 2016
NCSP will soon issue a request for applications for other academic sites to join in time to recruit new cohorts of Clinician Scholars to arrive July 1, 2019. To be kept informed about the application process, please visit our website (http://nationalcsp.org/new-site) for updates and/or send your contact information and questions to email@example.com.
December 15, 2015
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:
Practice clinically at local VA medical centers and clinics
Engage local and national VA faculty and administration officials in support of program
- Receive advice regarding VA priorities and career opportunities within the VA
Read more about the NCSP/VA collaboration here.
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
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
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.