IHPI Clinician Scholars Program

The IHPI Clinician Scholars Program, part of the National Clinician Scholars Program, offers unique clinical and community-based research training through intensive mentorship for clinicians as change agents driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and healthcare. 

The University of Michigan, University of California Los Angeles, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University have teamed up to educate nurses and physicians together to serve as leaders, researchers, and change agents in healthcare, community health and public policy.   


This program builds on the very successful foundation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program for physicians. U-M has trained RWJF Clinical Scholars since 1995 and awarded a master's degree in health and healthcare research to those who completed the program. This new program expands on the RWJF program by including nurse scientists in addition to physicians to address new and emerging inter-professional issues related to healthcare delivery and improving the health of communities. The VA Center for Clinical Management Research, based at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, is also a partner in the U-M program.

The National Clinician Scholars Program partners with organizations sponsoring a number of individual scholar positions and inter-professional training between nurses and physicians. Consistent with the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s “Future of Nursing” report, the program helps transform the healthcare system by providing opportunities for nurses and physicians to serve as full partners in healthcare redesign, improvement, and research. Fundamental elements from the RWJF program such as high-quality mentoring, a tailored curriculum, clinical work, and a national annual meeting are retained in the national program. The program includes physicians who have completed residency training, and nurses with a doctoral degree, including a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice).

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Key Upcoming Dates

May 1, 2017: Online application opens

August 1, 2017 (5 PM EST): Deadline for receipt of applications

September 1, 2017 - October 6, 2017: Invited applicants are interviewed

October 13, 2017 (5PM EST): Invited applicants submit site preferences

November 2017: Notification of acceptance 

July 1, 2018: Entry of accepted applicants into the program at participating universities


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