The University of Michigan, University of California Los Angeles, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University have teamed up to launch a new initiative to educate nurses and physicians together to serve as leaders, researchers, and change agents in healthcare, community health and public policy.
Called the National Clinician Scholars Program, it will train scholars to lead policy-relevant research and catalyze partnerships to improve health and health care. At U-M, the program will be based in the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and will be called the IHPI-CSP Program.
The program fills the gap left after the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced in 2014 that it will end its Clinical Scholars program for physicians. U-M has trained RWJF Clinical Scholars since 1995, and awards a master’s degree in health and health care research to those who complete the program.
This new program, however, expands on the RWJF program by including nurse scientists in addition to physicians to address new and emerging issues related to health care delivery and improving the health of communities.
“For decades, Michigan has trained some of the brightest young physicians at our Medical School to study health care from many angles, and to test new ideas for care delivery,” says Dr. Rodney Hayward, who will direct the IHPI Clinician Scholar Program and who currently serves as a professor of internal medicine at the School of Medicine and a professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health. “Now, working with the U-M School of Nursing, we’ll continue this commitment together with our partners at the other three institutions.”
“We’re delighted to make the new Clinician Scholars program a key part of IHPI, as it fits exceptionally well with our Institute’s focus on evaluating how health care works and how it can be improved through changes in practice and policy,” says Dr. John Z. Ayanian, IHPI’s director and a professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health. “More than 45 of the 450 faculty members in IHPI are alumni of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program, and we look forward to training the next generation of leaders in health services research.”
The new National Clinician Scholars Program will partner with organizations sponsoring a number of individual scholar positions and inter-professional training between nurses and physicians.
At the heart of the program, partners at each institution work directly with each Scholar to identify and develop projects to solve current real world problems and to cultivate the Scholar’s unique research and leadership skills. Integration of physician and nurse researchers in training to advance the field of healthcare from different perspectives will shape the future of health and healthcare in ways not seen before.
The program will include those who have completed their medical degree and residency training, Doctor of Nursing Practice training, or Ph.D. in nursing. Individuals selected for Cohort 2016-18 will begin the program on July 1, 2016.
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