The National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) aims to offer unparalleled training for clinicians as change agents driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and health care. The goal of the program is to cultivate health equity, eliminate health disparities, invent new models of care, and achieve higher quality health care at lower cost by training nurse and physician researchers who work as leaders and collaborators embedded in communities, healthcare systems, government, foundations, and think tanks in the United States and around the world.
Growing out of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars program, an independent consortium of community, health system, policy and academic partners have come together to offer this important two-year, site-based training program. The new NCSP, which includes former RWJF Clinical Scholars program sites, retains the experience and central values of that highly successful program, including a commitment to teaching rigorous research design, ensuring Scholars develop a nuanced understanding of how the health system and social determinants affect health, engagement of those who can help apply research results, and emphasizing the outcomes and impact of research.
Building upon these core strengths, the NCSP has also moved in a new direction by partnering directly with institutions and agencies sponsoring individual slots, with a strong focus on commitment to partnering agencies and creating generalizable lessons for improving health of patients and communities. At each site, consortium partners contribute their invaluable expertise and/or resources to support the Scholars and their research, as well as the curricular and administrative core of the program. At the heart of the program, many members of our consortium fund and work directly with each Scholar to identify and develop projects to cultivate that Scholar's unique research and leadership skills. We do so in a fundamentally innovative environment where partners play a major role in the selection of Scholars, training, intensive mentorship, funding positions, and program governance.
Scholars participate in a robust, interprofessional core curriculum. Scholars acquire and hone a diverse set of skills in qualitative and quantitative clinical research methods, organizational and social change, community engagement, program development and evaluation, team management, communication, implementation science, innovation, and policy analysis. The program is both interprofessional and multidisciplinary, fostering team-based collaborations among physicians and nurses to address our most pressing health problems. Scholars who have completed their medical degree and residency training, PhD in Nursing, or Doctor of Nursing Practice, will share this important experience, enhance each other's career trajectories, and build a network of health professionals to lead change in the nation.
Our multi-institutional and interprofessional leadership structure provides an opportunity to focus training on implementation science, state of the art methods for patient-centered outcomes research, policy-relevant design, and evaluation of private and public health system innovations. Partnered research also prepare Scholars with the research and leadership skills needed to design, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve the health of the population, mitigate health disparities, and ultimately achieve the value proposition of higher quality care at lower cost. Scholars will join the community partner consortium to tackle the top health problems in the region and statewide. Executing projects to solve real world problems in real time serves as the core training experience in the program.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is a strong community partner for the NCSP and supports a number of VA NCSP fellows each year. The VA NCSP fellows have a commitment to conducting research addressing health and policy issues relevant to veterans and reflecting priority areas in the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA NCSP fellows participate in activities at their designated VA Medical Center, as well as participate fully in the overall NCSP program at the affiliated institution. Learn More