Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces 2015 Clinical Scholars

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the final cohort of its Clinical Scholars program, which provides two-year fellowships to help develop the skills of physicians who can lead the transformation of health and health care in the U.S.

Thirty-one physician leaders from a range of specialties, including primary care, emergency care, pediatrics, surgery, and psychiatry, were selected for the largest cohort of Clinical Scholars in more than five years and, beginning in 2015, will spend two years exploring the delivery, impact, and organization of health care, health policy, and health services research methods. Participants also will be trained in a community-based participatory research model that, by engaging community members in the research process, aims to improve health behaviors while identifying and targeting health issues within a particular community.

RWJF will fully fund ten of the scholars and support thirteen scholars through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at VA Medical Centers affiliated with participating universities — Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, and the University of California, Los Angeles. Those universities will fund an additional six scholars, while the remaining two scholars will receive support from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. The foundation, which is shifting its grantmaking toward efforts to build a "culture of health" by 2025, will end the program after this group of participants completes their fellowships.

"The Clinical Scholars program has always attracted some of the nation's best and brightest young physicians who go on to become leaders in government, academia, the private sector, and a variety of healthcare settings," said David M. Krol, senior program officer at RWJF and a Clinical Scholars alumnus. "The foundation is proud to host one of the most prestigious fellowships available to physicians, which prepares them to contribute to building a Culture of Health and to enable people across the nation to lead healthier lives."

For a complete list of recipients, visit the RWJF website.