To be eligible for the National Clinician Scholars Program, physicians and nurses must:
- Be committed to a career in serving as change agents to improve health whether it is academic medicine, public health, health policy or another career congruent with the program's purposes and priorities of developing physician and nurse leaders and skilled researchers
- Be highly regarded by those responsible for their clinical training
- Complete the clinical requirements allowing for independent clinical work by the date of entry into the program (except for surgeons)
- Be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its territories at the time of application
MDs, RNs with a doctoral degree, and DNPs (Doctor of Nursing Practice) are eligible to apply. The clinical training for physicians and the doctoral degree for nurses should have been completed within the past 5 years prior to the application process. For all applicants, relevant research experience is a particular strength in the application evaluation process. 100% effort devoted to program activities is a requirement. The National Clinician Scholars Program directors and a designated national program committee make all acceptance decisions.
This program embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions, such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, and disadvantaged socioeconomic status. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who will help us expand the perspectives and experiences we bring to our work. We believe that the more we include diverse perspectives and experiences in our work, the better able we are to help all Americans live healthier lives and get the care they need. We encourage applications from diverse clinical backgrounds.
Desirable attributes of applicants include:
- Demonstrated interest in improving health or the health care system
- Exhibited leadership capabilities, including setting high personal goals and motivating others
- Demonstrated ability to develop and implement new ideas
- Ability to interact and communicate effectively with others
- Record of consistent accomplishment of project activities
- Previous research experience, published or unpublished
- Interest in, and/or experience with, community organizations