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Summer 2017
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Desmond RunyanThe end of an era of 45 years of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation support for our clinical scholars program is a transition to a new formulation and approach. Training of young clinicians in health services research, outcomes, and population health is not ending. Our final meeting in Philadelphia at the end of May emphasized all the areas that have been altered by the existence of this program and all of the people whose careers were shaped by the program. We were able to show how high the bar is set for our successors in the National Clinician Scholars Program and the breadth of the impact this program has had on health and health care. Our successors will need to work hard, as we need them to do, to sustain what has been started by 1344 Scholars and their mentors and faculty. The early signs are really positive. The new National Clinicians Scholars Program is changing to include doctoral level nursing scholars. The new National Clinician Scholars have been part of our activities this year; their skills and interests reassure us older alums that there will be no drop off in talent, commitment, and innovation.   (continued...)

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What’s New

RWJF CSP Final Meeting & Gala

As we draw the current RWJF Clinical Scholars program to a close, we have produced both a commemorative video and booklet about the program. Since all of you couldn't be in Philadelphia for the clinical scholars meeting last month, we want to share the links to these projects. Thank you to all who participated and made the final meeting a truly special event.

Clinical Scholars Program Alumni Association (CSPAA)

Greetings from the CSPAA President and board members! We are committed to maintaining the relationships that have been built over the years and to continuing cross-disciplinary collaboration to improve health and healthcare. Please join us in congratulating our final cohort of RWJF Clinical Scholars and cheering on the second year National Clinician Scholars!

CSPAA Board Members:
SreyRam Kuy, President (Yale CSP 07-09 VA) email:
Josh Chodosh, Vice President (UCLA CSP 98-00 VA) email:
Michael Knight, Treasurer (Penn CSP VA 15-17)
Kym Gonzalez, Secretary (Penn CSP 15-17)
Down Boatright, Communications Chair (Yale CSP 15-17 VA)
Kristin Jensen, Membership Co-Chair (Michigan CSP 09-11)
Anna Morgan, Membership Co-Chair (Penn CSP 15-17)
Alon Peltz, Program Activities Chair (Yale CSP 15-17)
Gene Corbett, At Large (JHU CSP 73-75)
Arden Morris, At Large (Washington CSP 00-02))
Ben Springgate, At Large (UCLA CSP 05-08)
Des Runyan, Ex Officio (UNC 79-81)

The CSPAA has incorporated and is expected to receive 501-C3 status soon. All current and former RWJF CSP National Advisory Committee members, directors and faculty, community partners and NCSP scholars are included for membership in the alumni association.

If you'd like to assist board members on a subcommittee, contact Anna Morgan at or Kristin Jensen at for membership/dues, Dowin Boatright at for communications, and Alon Peltz at for program activities or consider volunteering for the new development committee that will be charged with identifying individual and institutional donors for the association. Contact SreyRam or Josh to volunteer or ask questions (emails above.)

Follow the @CSP_AA on Twitter to keep in touch with your alumni association!
National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) – New Cohorts and Inaugural Annual Meeting

The National Clinician Scholars Program, building on the proud legacy of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program, will welcome its newest class of interdisciplinary physician and nurse Scholars on July 1, 2017.

Applications are also currently being accepted for the 2018-2020 Scholar cohort. The deadline is August 1, 2017, 5 pm EST. Please spread the word among your networks. For more details and to access the online application, please visit

Clinical Scholars alumni are encouraged to attend NCSP’s inaugural Annual Meeting, to take place November 14-16, 2017, in New Haven, CT, at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale. Registration information for the conference will become available in mid-August.


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