The mission of the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) at Yale is to prepare future clinician leaders to improve health and health care in the United States. To accomplish this goal, the NCSP will identify, nurture, and strengthen a cadre of diverse physicians and nurses, whose scholarship will positively influence communities and the health care system. Now, perhaps more than ever, the nation needs clinician leaders who are capable of developing solutions to the problems that continue to undermine health and health care. Despite enormous technological advances in medicine and health care delivery, the nation’s health care system continues to be plagued by many problems including barriers to access, a disproportionate burden of illness imposed on vulnerable populations, misaligned incentives, fragmentation of health care services, and persistent concerns about the safety, effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and patient-centeredness of care.

Through course work, mentored clinical and community-engaged research, exposure to senior level leaders, and patient care, Scholars develop the experience and skills to lead positive change at the local, state, and national levels. The program balances classroom experience with ample time for research project development and individual mentoring. The two-year inter-professional fellowship program begins in July and concludes in June.