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Welcome to the UPenn Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania provides training in health policy and community-relevant research to outstanding physicians who are committed to improving health and health care in the United States. Penn Clinical Scholars become highly capable health services researchers and leaders in the transformation of health care, both by developing research that is highly relevant to the broader community and by translating research findings into action.

New Program Announcement

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The RWJF Clinical Scholars Program is no longer accepting applications. However, a new National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) at the same four sites will be providing training that continues the content and spirit of that program. The NCSP is now accepting applications from prospective physician and nursing scholars for entry in July 2016. Additional information can be found on the NCSP website and interested candidates can apply here.

Please contact nationalclinicianscholars@gmail.com or ncsp@mail.med.upenn.edu with any questions or for more information.

Follow NCSP on Twitter: @NationalCSP

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Scholar Spotlight

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Charlene Wong, MD MSHP (Pediatrics) is an alumnus of the UPenn Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (2013-2015) and is currently at UPenn and CHOP as an Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Fellow. Her work has focused on striving for improved young adult health access and behavior change. She has studied the impact of health policy on young adults, including the perspective of young adults on HealthCare.gov and health insurance. Read more about Dr. Wong and her work below.

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Research Spotlight

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During Summer 2014, the 2014-2016 University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars participated in a summer project to create recommendations that would help the a local organization in identifying and addressing challenges facing women veterans transitioning to civilian life. Read more about their findings and recommendations below.

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Alumni Spotlight

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Matthew O’Brien, MD, MSc (Internal Medicine) is an alumnus of the UPenn Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (2007-2010) and is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Temple University in its Center for Obesity Research and Education. While a Clinical Scholar, Dr. O’Brien co-founded Puentes de Salud, a nonprofit organization providing primary health care and a variety of other health-related programs in the South Philadelphia Latino community. Read more about Dr. O'Brien and his work below.

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News and Announcements

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Upcoming Events

  • February 16th - Dr. Larry Wallack visits
  • February 18th - Judith Long "Writing a K Award"
  • February 25th - Donald Schwartz
  • March 4th - Dr. John Chuo - TBD
  • April 22nd- Stewart Freidman - Work/Life Integration
  • May 6th - David Blumenthal
  • May 13th - Dr. Christian Terwiesch - Innovation Management




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