Young Physicians Selected for Prestigious National Fellowship to Lead the Transformation of Health Care

    • July 15, 2009

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program® is pleased to announce the selection of 29 young physicians who will learn to conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners and policy-makers on issues important to the health and well-being of all Americans. They will begin their prestigious two-year fellowships in July 2010.

“Clinical Scholars are leading change through every level of the health care system including community practice, local and state government, the federal government, and professional organizations,” said Desmond K. Runyan, M.D., Dr.P.H., national program director for the Clinical Scholars Program.

The new Clinical Scholars are outstanding young physicians who were selected competitively from applicants enrolled in medical and surgical residencies across the United States.

Scholars conduct research in diverse, health-related fields such as health care delivery and financing, clinical decision-making, biomedical ethics, and health care policy. The program also includes leadership training and engagement in community-based, participatory research.

Clinical Scholars receive their training at one of four universities: Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, or the University of California, Los Angeles. Through the program scholars will spend two years examining the delivery, impact and organization of health care. This background will help prepare them to lead efforts to transform health care in this country through positions in academic medicine, public health and other leadership roles. They join a distinguished group of over 1,100 alumni who include prominent leaders of public and private agencies at the state and national levels, five public health and medical school deans, 40 Institute of Medicine members, 19 medical school department chairs, over 100 vice chairs of departments or division chiefs, and numerous medical school professors.

This training program, established in 1969 and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation since 1972, is one of the oldest and most prestigious fellowships awarded to physicians. The Department of Veterans Affairs will be a partner supporting nine of the 29 Scholars. For more information about the program and a full list of the 2010-2012 Clinical Scholars visit: http://rwjcsp.unc.edu/ 


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.