Through its Clinical Scholars program, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is collaborating with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to foster the development of physicians who can lead the transformation of Americans' health and the healthcare system. These future leaders will conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners, and policy makers to address issues essential to the health and well-being of all Americans.
The goal of the program is to integrate the clinical expertise of scholars with training in program development and research methods to help them find solutions for the challenges confronting the U.S. healthcare system and the health of U.S. communities. The program offers master's degree graduate-level study and research in a university-based, post-residency training program. The program generally involves two years of study, with generous protected time for research.
To be eligible, physicians must be committed to a career in academic medicine, public health, health policy, or another career congruent with the program's purposes and priorities of developing physician leaders and skilled researchers; be highly regarded by those responsible for their clinical training; complete the clinical requirements of their residency training by the date of entry into the program (except for surgeons); and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both M.D.s and D.O.s are eligible to apply. Applications are encouraged from candidates with diverse backgrounds and clinical disciplines.
The program will select up to twenty individuals in 2014 for appointments beginning July 1, 2015. The first-year scholar stipend is $69,500, with an increase the second year. In some cases, VA stipends may be higher. Additional financial support is provided for research projects and professional travel.