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Sustained Exposure to the Clinical Scholars Program Can Make One Wildly Optimistic
Desmond RunyanWhen I was finishing my time as a Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina I needed to extend my time at UNC by at least one more year before going on the national job market as my wife had another year of her doctoral program in public health.  I was encouraged by my pediatric mentor to look at a job in what was then called the Department of Social and Administrative Medicine at UNC. They were looking for a new faculty member to direct the Clinical Epidemiology course that had been successfully designed and nurtured by Drs. Suzanne and Robert Fletcher (both JHU ’73 alums). However, I was warned that the chair didn’t think much of Clinical Scholars and probably wouldn’t be interested in having a pediatrician in this position. He was overheard referring to the Clinical Scholars as a “coffee klatch.” Despite whatever misgivings he had, he offered me the position.  I think it worked out well.

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What’s New

RWJF Clinical Scholars

2016 Clinical Scholars Annual MeetingRWJF Clinical Scholars Annual Meeting – November 14-17, 2016
We look forward to a great conference! The meeting registration deadline has passed. If you still want to attend please reach out to NPO program administrator Nisha Datta at




2016 Clinical Scholars Annual MeetingRWJF Clinical Scholars Final Meeting - Celebration Gala 2017

There will be a final meeting on Wednesday, May 31 through Thursday, June 1, 2017. The day and a half meeting will consist of alumni impact panels and scholar presentations. There will also be a formal dinner gala on Wednesday evening. The event will be at the Hotel Sofitel in Philadelphia, PA. If you would like to participate on the planning committee, please contact Nisha Datta at nadatta@ Please also email Nisha Datta any pictures or memories you have of the program! 


RWJF Clinical Scholars Alumni Association Building Efforts
Thanks to all current scholars and alumni who responded to the recent online survey regarding a proposed mission statement; the proposed inaugural executive board; and membership, dues, and activities. The executive board is holding a working retreat at the end of the annual meeting on Thursday November 17th from 1-5pm. Alumni and current scholars attending the annual meeting are welcome to attend. Please contact Nisha Datta, NPO program administrator, at if you plan to attend. If you have any questions regarding the alumni association creation efforts please contact co-presidents to be Stephen Patrick at and SreyRam Kuy at

Other Programs

National Clinician Scholars Program (started by current RWJFCSP training institutions: UCLA, Michigan, Penn, and Yale)
The inaugural 2016-2018 Cohort of NCSP Scholars successfully launched in July, and interviews are currently underway for the 2017-2019 Cohort. Selection decisions will be made in December. The NCSP National Program Board will be discussing a timeline for inviting applications for new academic sites later this fall.

The New RWJF Clinical Scholars Program Announces First Cohort of Fellows
The first cohort of Clinical Scholars includes 30 clinically active health care providers who collaborate in teams with fellow clinicians from a wide range of disciplines—including nursing, audiology, pharmacy, and social work. Over the next three years, the teams will take on complex problems in their communities, addressing the social factors that underlie health from their perspectives as both health care providers and members of the community.
Applications for the next cohort will open in January 2017. Clinical Scholars is a national leadership program for clinically active health care providers working to advance a Culture of Health in community, clinic, or academic settings. Licensed providers are invited to attend an informational webinar on the next call for applications on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 3-4:30 EST. Interested candidates can RSVP here. For additional information please visit


Current Scholar Spotlight
This section contains updates from Current Scholars around the country, featuring awards and accomplishments, presentations, publications and press, and life updates.

Current Scholar Awards and Accomplishments

Current Scholar Publications and Press

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Alumni Spotlight
Keep up with former CSP Scholars! See how alumni are advancing health and health care through awards and accomplishments, presentations, publications and press, and life updates.

Alumni Awards and Accomplishments

Alumni Publications and Press


Job Board
Job boardVisit this page to view job postings for scholars and alumni.

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