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National Clinician Scholars Program

The National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) at Yale is an interprofessional fellowship program designed to prepare a select group of future clinician leaders to improve health and health care in the US through scholarship and action at the national, state, and local levels. Now more than ever, collaborative leadership is needed in order to actively improve the health care system from within, as well as to partner across disciplines, health care settings, and communities in order to improve population health.

Our two-year program is designed for both doctorally-trained nurses and physicians. The Yale program has numerous strengths, including:

  • A strong foundational curriculum in rigorous health services research and stakeholder engagement as well as in depth training in research design and execution
  • Commitment to inter-professional training, research, and teamwork
  • Strong partnership with the VA Connecticut Health System
  • Exceptional teaching and mentoring talent in program leadership and core faculty, who are leaders at the national, state and local levels in their areas of expertise
  • Emphasis on relevance of research, on engagement of those who can help apply research results
  • A wealth of experiential opportunities to engage in externships as well as “shadow” healthcare leaders in a variety of settings.

For more information about the NCSP and each of its sites, please visit

NCSP & Health Equity

NCSP Faculty discussing health equity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

What is Health Equity?

"Health equity research is our chance to make the invisible visible and to connect the dots between research findings and policy and practice, transformation, and change." — Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, Associate Dean for Health Equity Research