As a faculty member in a department with a strong tradition of basic science research, the Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Program helped Fuentes-Afflick gain the respect of her colleagues. “The funding support I received through the award has been really instrumental in solidifying my professional standing at home and in establishing my academic legitimacy,” she said.
Fuentes-Afflick is a member of the national advisory committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. In 2008–2009, she served as president of the Society for Pediatric Research.
RWJF Perspective: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation established the Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Program to create a cadre of respected generalist leaders in medical schools who would be in a position to influence curriculum, admissions and scholarship. Junior faculty in family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics conducted research and built their careers under the guidance of mentors.
“Given the shortage of primary care physicians, we need innovative approaches to encourage medical students to choose careers in generalist fields. The Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Program was designed to emphasize a scholarly foundation for generalism and improve the quality of the education provided to students who choose this important career path,” said Pamela S. Dickson, MBA, assistant vice president of RWJF’s Health Care Group.
When the program ended in 2008, RWJF created the Robert Wood Johnson Physician Faculty Scholars Program to strengthen the leadership and academic productivity of junior medical school faculty who are dedicated to improving health and health care. It is open not only to generalists, but all physicians.