About the Program

The National Clinician Scholars Program aims to offer unparalleled training for clinicians as change agents driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and healthcare. Growing out of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars program, an independent consortium of community, health system, policy and academic partners have come together to offer this important two-year, site-based training program. 

The goal of the program is to cultivate health equity, eliminate health disparities, invent new models of care, and achieve higher quality health care at lower cost by training nurse and physician researchers who work as leaders and collaborators embedded in communities, health care systems, government, foundations, and think tanks in the U.S. and around the world.


University of Michigan faculty work directly with each Scholar to identify and develop projects to cultivate unique research and leadership skills. The program also encourages inter-professional training of physician and nurse researchers to advance the field of healthcare from different perspectives. Scholars who have completed their medical degree and residency training, Doctor of Nursing Practice training, or Ph.D. in Nursing, are able to share their experiences and help build a network of health professionals to lead change in the nation.

Clinical Work

Ongoing clinical work helps scholars maintain essential skills and relevance. Scholars' clinical efforts are balanced with research- and leadership-focused education so that 10% of time (20% in special circumstances) is spent in clinical activities, which permits sufficient educational time for intensive learning in the two-year program.

Interdisciplinary Education for an Inter-professional Cohort

Nurse and physician scholars training together offers an opportunity to create team-based approaches to address communities' most pressing health and health care needs. The program offers a unique opportunity for the Scholars to learn and innovate together.

Annual Meeting

Scholars will be part of a national cohort and will attend an annual national meeting to present projects, network with peers and leaders from other institutions, and participate in workshops. 

National Program Committee (NPC)

Oversight will be provided by a NPC that consists of the deans from each site's schools of nursing and medicine, VA representation, community representatives, and prominent leaders who can provide both oversight and mentorship to the scholars. 

Alumni Network

Graduates of this program are prepared to join an active network of scholars from physician and nursing research training programs over the last several decades, whose innovations, collaborations, and leadership have helped shaped improvements in U.S. health and health care. 

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