No. Although the RWJF provided generous support to the Clinical Scholars Program for about 40 years, the Foundation announced a reorganization of its Human Capital Portfolio, ending support for their training programs in their current form. The Foundation created new training opportunities, which are substantively different from the current Clinical Scholars Program, which is based at four university sites and enrolled its final class in July of 2015. The RWJF Clinical Scholars Program prepared physicians for health services and health policy research. A separate national program prepared nurse faculty leaders. This new program includes both nurses and physicians as trainees.
Although no longer sponsored by the RWJ Foundation, the NCSP retains many of the strengths of the legacy program. The four participating sites have combined experience training Scholars in excess of 100 years. The sites have a strong commitment to innovation in teaching and scholarship, engaging partners in all phases of the research and educational process, and creating a culture where Scholars are inspired to work as change agents from within the system, with the goal of improving health of individuals, communities, and populations.
The sites have outstanding curriculums in place, devoted faculty, engaged and enthusiastic community partners, and a tremendous national partner in the Veterans Administration. None of these will change. National Clinician Scholars will receive the strong mentorship and robust training in research methods, policy, leadership, and communication skills that was a hallmark of the legacy Clinical Scholars Program.
- All sites share a common legacy and vision - to train/inspire agents of change
- All sites will include nurses and physicians in interdisciplinary efforts
- Strong collaboration across sites not only through recruitment planning and a national meeting but also sharing of critical curricular components
- Committed network of advisors as well as alumni from former RWJF CSP
- Rigorous assessment/oversight of quality through internal and external evaluation