Fast Facts

What general principles guide the IHPI CSP at Michigan?

  • A carefully-organized yet flexible curriculum enables scholars to master state-of-the-art research methods and then to apply those methods to their own research interests in any clinical discipline.
  • An expectation for a high level of scholarly productivity enhances both short-term and long-term success.
  • Didactic instruction is balanced with individualized instruction and project development.
  • All scholars receive close mentorship with formal committee oversight.

Can I get an academic degree?

  • Yes. All IHPI Clinician Scholars are enrolled in the program, specifically designed for scholars, which leads to a Master’s Degree in Health and Health Care Research (HHCR). The classes are based on adult-style learning, with your “homework” integrated with your research interests, so that while doing class work you are also progressing towards your specific research projects.

What do I do each year as a Clinician Scholar?

  • The first year starts on July 1 with a six-week intense preparatory course leading up to a two semester master's degree program.
  • The second year is primarily devoted to research. A third year is optional for NCSP VA Scholars. About 1 - 2 of all NCSP VA scholars stay for a third year, which is devoted primarily to research.

Sounds like research is an important part of the fellowship. How do you support Clinician Scholars’ research projects?

  • Substantial funds are available to support research projects.
  • Scholars have generous protected time for research – at least 80% of their time.
  • We offer full epidemiological and biostatistical support.
  • Collaborators and mentors can be found at the Medical School, the School of Nursing, the Institute for Social Research, or the School of Public Health, along with many other departments at the University of Michigan.
  • Scholars get to work in an environment with a rich tradition of supporting multidisciplinary research.
  • They are provided with travel funds to attend professional conferences as well as a yearly meeting of the National CSP.

What sorts of subjects do Clinician Scholars study?

The IHPI CSP is designed to support multidisciplinary research across a breadth of specialties and disciplines, including (but not limited to):

  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Bioethics and Medical Humanities
  • Clinical Outcomes Research
  • Patient and Physician Decision-Making
  • Health Economics
  • Medical History
  • Technology Assessment
  • Health Care Delivery and Financing
  • Health Care Quality and Access
  • Health and Health Care Disparities
  • Clinical Epidemiology

What is this “community-based participatory research” anyway? And what does it have to do with the CSP?

Community-based participatory research, or CBPR, is a research method that involves the community in every stage of the research project. We are fortunate at U-M to be able to collaborate with a wide range of community partners, many located in Detroit or Flint. Together with the School of Public Health we have one of the best-developed relationships between an academic institution and communities in the country. All clinician scholars will learn the basics of CBPR through a series of workshops, seminars, and community visits; some scholars will elect to use CBPR for their research projects.

When do people usually enroll in the IHPI CSP?

While most scholars enroll after the completion of their residency, most surgeons (though not all) enroll during the research years of their residency, often the 4th and 5th year. 

What do people who have completed the IHPI Clinician Scholars Program do once they leave the program?

For more than three decades, U-M has trained almost 1,000 physicians from varied disciplines. Scholars have gone on to a variety of exciting careers, including:

  • Productive positions as academic physicians in a wide range of medical school units, including anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, internal   medicine, nephrology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, plastic surgery, and urology.
  • Directors of innovative academic programs at leading institutions, including programs in medical simulation, society and medicine, and women’s health.
  • Research positions at federal agencies such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Directing innovative programs at the state and local levels, such as heading cardiovascular disease prevention and control in New York City.
  • Leading public health at the highest levels, including the Surgeon General of the United States as well as becoming health commissioners of several states.
  • Acting as department chairs and deans at the nation’s leading medical schools.

What is it like to live in Ann Arbor?

Built on the banks of the Huron River and located 45 minutes west of downtown Detroit, Ann Arbor is a cultural mecca. Not only is it home to one of the finest academic institutions and one of the premier health systems in the country, the University of Michigan, but it also offers a unique blend of city sophistication and small town charm. Both ethnically diverse and culturally rich, Ann Arbor is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the United States. For information on housing, recreation, education, and many additional resources, visit:

Is the Clinician Scholars Program offered anywhere else?

Yes, there are also CSP programs at the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and Duke University.