The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program is pleased to announce the selection of 27 of the country’s most promising physician leaders, who will develop the skills to lead the transformation of America’s health and health care. They will begin their two-year fellowships in July 2013.
“A flagship program of the Foundation, the Clinical Scholars program proudly celebrates 40 years of making a difference in health and health care,” said David M. Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP, Human Capital team director at RWJF and a Clinical Scholars alumnus. “The Clinical Scholars program laid the groundwork for physicians to lead outside of the clinical setting and influence much-needed changes in our health care system. Today, we have more than 1,200 alumni leading at every level of academia, government service, and clinical practice.”
The new Clinical Scholars are young physicians who were selected competitively from more than 90 applicants enrolled in medical and surgical residencies across the United States. In addition to the usual participation of a number of primary care physicians, this year’s class includes four OB/GYN specialists, four surgeons, and a urologist.
Through a partnership of more than 30 years, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will support twelve of the 27 scholars through VA Medical Centers affiliated with the participating universities: Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan and the University of California, Los Angeles. These universities are also providing support for five of the 27 scholars in combination with RWJF and VA funding.
“We look forward to welcoming a new group of scholars who will conduct innovative research, develop important leadership skills, and become change agents for the improvement of health and health care for Americans,” said Desmond K. Runyan, MD, DrPH, national program director for the Clinical Scholars program.
Through the program, scholars will spend two years examining the delivery, impact, and organization of health care. In addition to training in leadership, health policy, and health services research methods, Clinical Scholars are trained in community-based participatory research (CBPR). By engaging community members in the research process, the CBPR model creates a two-way exchange that aims to improve health behaviors while bringing resources and greater visibility to the health issues within a particular community.
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About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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 health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For 40 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. Follow the Foundation on Twitter (www.rwjf.org/twitter) or Facebook (www.rwjf.org/facebook).