Dates of Program: 1972––present
Field of Work: Post-residency training for young physicians in health services and health policy research
"The first 25 years of the program are responsible for the legitimacy of health services research and health policy research as major disciplines in the country. The program and its investments have created a national base of physician leadership in academic medicine and in health care delivery," says Gary Gottlieb, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Partners HealthCare, Boston
Problem Synopsis: The health care system in the United States has grown increasingly complex. The creation of federal programs such as Medicaid and Medicare in the 1960s, the advent of managed care in the 1980s, and the 2010 passage of major health care reform requires physician leaders with a broad perspective on health, health care, and medicine.
Physicians who are researchers and academicians need to be trained as thoroughly as subspecialists in other disciplines, but with a focus on such issues as:
- The organization and financing of health services
- The contribution of medical care to overall population health
- The impact on health care of economic, social, and demographic forces—and the relationships among them
Synopsis of the Work: The program offers graduate-level study and research in a university-based, post-residency training program leading to a master’s degree. The core curriculum introduces Scholars to nonbiological disciplines and methods used in health services research and community-based participatory research.
Since 2002, these four schools have trained Clinical Scholars:
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Medicine
- University of Michigan Medical School
- University of Pennsylvania Health System
- Yale University School of Medicine
The Clinical Scholars program fosters the development of physicians who are equipped to lead the transformation of U.S. health and health care through positions in academic medicine, public health, and other leadership roles.