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From the Director: Finishing it up in grand style

Desmond RunyanIt has been an amazing run. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation took on the Clinical Scholars program in 1972. Now 45 years later, with over 1,300 physicians trained in clinical epidemiology, health services research, social sciences and humanities, leadership and policy, we are coming to an inflection point. The Foundation is moving towards leadership development programs. Additionally, the 4 current Clinical Scholars training sites, with the likely addition of other universities in the near future, are adapting the well-developed model of site-based coursework, mentorship and supervised research, policy electives, leadership experiences, and continued partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), that characterize the modern iteration of the Clinical Scholars program to a new generation of physician and nurse leaders as the National Clinician Scholars Program. We have been going so long that some of our alums have retired and a few have died.

What is notable is the transformation this program has made on American medicine. When the program started the foci of quality of care, health services research, geriatrics, child abuse pediatrics, and adolescent medicine were nascent or not even imagined and who would have guessed that one program like this would lead to the training of at least 7 state health directors and Secretaries of Health, multiple directors of state Medicaid programs, and a veritable brain trust of leadership at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This public health leadership record doesn’t begin to address the impact of our program on the VA, upon academic medical centers, and on the health care industry. We have alums who have led the development of innovative private practices too, but over 90% have chosen to apply their energies and skills with government agencies, universities, and foundations. (continued...)

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What’s New
Final Meeting 2017 – Save the Date!

Online meeting registration will open in March and close in April. Alumni encouraged to attend!

Tuesday May 30th – evening open house/reception for alumni coming in this day 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Wednesday May 31st – full day plus evening reception and dinner/gala
Thursday June 1st
– half day

Please feel free to organize program site specific gatherings for Tuesday night. During the day Wednesday and Thursday there will be moderated alumni impact panels, reflective talks, and common interest breakout sessions. The evening dinner gala is black tie optional and will include the premiere of a commemorative video, remarks by Foundation CEO & President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, and recognition of key program supporters. There will also be some toasting (and roasting!). National program office staff, the national advisory committee, current and former site program directors, current scholars, Foundation staff, and community partners will be in attendance in addition to alumni speakers.
RWJF Clinical Scholars Alumni Association – Building Efforts Continue!

The alumni association executive board held its first retreat during last November’s Clinical Scholars annual meeting. The board voted on several measures including board member confirmations, membership, and dues. The board discussed external partnerships and funding. The board also established several subcommittees to work on program activities, membership/dues, and communications. If you want to assist board members on a subcommittee please contact Anna Morgan at for membership/dues, Dowin Boatright at for communications, and Alon Peltz at for program activities. The board is actively looking for an administrative home.


New RWJF Clinical Scholars Program – Application Period Open
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched four new programs as part of their Advancing Change Leaders national initiative to achieve a Culture of Health. Applications are now open for the second cohort of RWJF leadership programs, including the new Clinical Scholars program.

A prerecorded webinar is available for viewing to:

Get more information about the program
• Hear more about what they are looking for in a successful applicant
• Learn what you will need to apply

Interested applicants may apply online until the March 8, 2017 deadline.



National Clinician Scholars Program – Selections Underway for Second Cohort

The National Clinician Scholars Program, building on the proud legacy of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, has successfully launched its inaugural 2016-2018 cohort and will welcome its newest class of interdisciplinary physician and nurse Scholars, Cohort 2017-2019, on July 1, 2017.

Planning is also underway for the NCSP’s first Annual Meeting, to take place in November 2017 in New Haven, CT. The NCSP will also soon issue a request for applications for other academic sites to join the consortium. More information will become available on the NCSP website in spring 2017.

The online application for Cohort 2018-2020 will open in May 2017. For more information on the program, eligibility requirements, and application information, please access the NCSP website. Any questions can be directed to the NCSP at


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

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Job Board

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

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Alums - Help Spread the Word to Grad Students
– Summer Fellowship in Health Policy The New York Academy of Medicine

(NYAM) hosts a summer fellowship in health policy with a focus on child development and reducing health disparities. NYAM invites applications from graduate students in public health, public policy/administration, medicine, dentistry and graduate nursing. Applicants must have a research project and mentor in the NYC area. In addition to pursuing research, Fellows attend a variety of leadership activities. More information is available at


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