Frequently Asked Questions
No. Although the RWJF provided generous support to the Clinical Scholars program for about 40 years, the Foundation ended support for their training programs in their current form. Previously, the place-based Clinical Scholars program prepared physicians for health services and health policy research. A separate national program prepared nurse faculty leaders. This new program includes both nurses and physicians as trainees.
The training sites that comprise the NCSP partner with their local institutions, community partners, and their local VA to build upon the strong foundation of the RWJF’s prior program. These partnerships have enabled the new National Clinician Scholars Program to move forward on an exciting new path. There is a strong commitment to interprofessional training, with post-doctoral nurses training as Scholars alongside the physicians, and nursing and medical faculty are closely integrated into all aspects of the program. Additionally, the program builds upon its commitment to engaged research by integrating the Scholar interests with partner organizations and faculty within each site.
- All sites share a common legacy and vision: to train and inspire agents of change;
- All sites include nurses and physicians in interdisciplinary efforts;
- Strong collaboration across sites not only through recruitment planning and a national meeting, but also sharing of critical curricular components;
- Committed network of advisors, as well as alumni from former RWJF Clinical Scholars program;
- Rigorous assessment and oversight of quality through internal and external evaluation.
The NCSP retains many of the strengths of the legacy program. The sites have a strong commitment to innovation in teaching and scholarship, engaging partners in all phases of the research and educational process, and creating a culture where Scholars are inspired to work as change agents from within the system, with the goal of improving health of individuals, communities, and populations.
National Clinician Scholars will receive the strong mentorship and robust training in research methods, policy, leadership, and communication skills that was a hallmark of the legacy Clinical Scholars program.
The program is two years long, and new classes begin each July.
Physicians who will have completed their clinical training and nurses who have completed their doctoral degree are eligible to apply. The clinical training for physicians and the doctoral degree for nurses should have been completed within the past 5 years prior to the application process. Surgeons are the single exception to the requirement; due to the structure of the "research years" in the middle of many surgical residencies, surgical residents who will be PGY-3 or higher are eligible to enroll in the program.
The specific schedule will vary both across Scholars (according to their interests) and across the Program sites. Generally, the first year is heavier on didactics, as Scholars are engaged in coursework, identifying partners for their research projects, and initiating their Scholarly work. Scholars have more time in year two to devote to research. Scholars devote approximately 10% of their time to clinical activities during each year. At no time may a Scholar devote more than 20% of their effort to clinical activities. Clinical activities may depend upon their project and interest, e.g. education, consultation, direct patient care.
Yes, you can earn a master’s degree in an affiliated program at each site. Participation varies across sites: at some sites, scholar participation in an affiliated master’s program is a mandatory component of the NCSP; at others, it is optional. Please inquire at each location for specifics in this regard.