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Greetings from the Program Director

Welcome to the Yale National Clinician Scholars Program! The Scholars program at Yale has been preparing clinician leaders to improve health and health care in the United States for over 40 years. Initially part of the RWJ Foundation Clinical Scholars, we are now excited to be in our third year as a National Clinician Scholars Program site. Notably, our long-standing educational partnership with the Veterans Health Administration continues, providing Scholars with unique research and clinical opportunities. Our interprofessional program seeks to identify, nurture, and strengthen a cadre of diverse individuals, whose scholarship will positively influence population health, and inform the redesign of the health care system.

Yes, we teach research methods – we are committed to rigorous science and this is a research fellowship. But the NCSP at Yale is much more than that. We are deeply committed to providing trainees not only with the tools necessary to conduct high-quality research, but also to inculcating a commitment to health equity, a nuanced understanding of systemic racism and other complex determinants of health, and a recognition that engagement of stakeholders at all levels is a foundational premise of improving health. Our Scholars impact policy. We change healthcare. We improve the health of our communities. We take great pride in the Program’s credibility in building research capacity among local Community-Based Organizations in New Haven that can help them advance their own missions.

We are looking for individuals who are impatient with the status quo – who are skeptical of conventional wisdom and want to use research as a lever to promote change. And what path do our Scholars take? Our Scholars are pluripotent – some aspire to work in a federal, state, or local government setting. Others will join community-based organizations, or work in large health systems. Others will pursue academic careers. We work with Scholars, tailoring their experiences to ensure they have the skills and experiences needed to succeed, and we have fun along the way. Please peruse our website, and let us know if you have any questions about the program.


Cary Gross


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.

Yale NCSP Program Director Cary Gross, MD, 2020