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Over the past 30 years, The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars® Program has trained almost 1,000 physicians from varied disciplines, many of whom have become national leaders in health and health care.

The program:

  • is designed to augment clinical training by providing newskills and perspectives necessary to achieving leadership positions both within and outside the walls of academia in the 21st century.
  • stresses training in the quantitative and qualitative sciences underlying health services research essential to improving health and medical care systems.
  • emphasizes community-based research and leadership training.

The goal of the program is the integration of Scholars’ previous clinical training with skills in program development and research methodology to help them find solutions for issues in public policy, community health and health services research. To enhance their research productivity, selected Scholars in the cohort entering in 2005 will be eligible for a third year.

The program offers graduate-level study and research as part of a university-based postresidency training program.

Four participating institutions will be recruiting Scholars to begin their programs in July 2005.These institutions are: the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Michigan; the University of Pennsylvania; and Yale University.

Although their programs vary in design and emphasis, each institution has developed core programs that introduce Scholars to the basic disciplines and methods used in health care research and offers formal coursework possible leading to a degree.

Scholars are expected to complete graduate level research projects in their priority areas. To date, Scholars have conducted studies in diverse health-related fields, such as problems of health care delivery and financing, clinical decision-making, biomedical ethics, medical history and health care policy. Each Scholar is supervised jointly by the director of the RWJ Clinical Scholars Program at the participating university and by faculty preceptors from the Scholar’s chosen priority area. Up to 20 percent of a Scholar’s time is typically spent in maintaining clinical skills.

Former Scholars are currently involved in academic medicine, government and medical practice; many are developing and managing health care institutions and delivery systems in a variety of public and private settings; some are contributing to the formulation, conduct and evaluation of health-related public policy. Many also continue active research careers on important topics in health and medical care.

Contact us:
RWJ Clinical Scholars Program
6312 Medical Science Building 1
1150 W. Medical Center Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 647-4844 fax (734) 647-3301


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