Clinical Scholars is a leadership opportunity for practitioners from diverse fields of health care. Interdisciplinary teams of health care providers collaborate to tackle complex health problems in their communities and build a Culture of Health nationwide.

The Clinical Scholars program includes audiologists, clinical counselors, dentists, dieticians, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, speech therapists, veterinarians, and others working in community, clinical, or academic settings.

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Rebecca Trotzky, MD, MS

Patricia Evans, MPA, MSW, LCSW

Kathleen Garvin, BA, RN

Oscar Smith, PA-C

Charmaine Dorsey, MSW, LCSW


Over the course of the three-year program, teams:

  • Receive funding up to a maximum of $525,000 for a five-person team.
  • Design and implement a real-world project.
  • Receive evidence-based and equity-centered training in leadership tools, policy, evaluation, community engagement, and other topics from national experts.
  • Participate in semi-annual week-long onsite trainings, reinforced by distance-based learning and executive coaching that allows them to stay in their jobs and participate from their home communities.
  • Become part of a national network of leaders spanning sectors and disciplines in health care and beyond.

Learn more about fellows’ experience in this program

Fellows website


Upon completion, fellows have the tools to:

  • Advocate for positive change within their teams, organizations, and communities.
  • Promote creative thinking, innovation, and thought diversity.
  • Appraise, synthesize, and use evidence to guide practice and inform policy.
  • Communicate, engage, and negotiate in a manner that creates win/win outcomes for all stakeholders.
  • Understand their leadership style and increase their effectiveness.

Clinical Scholars is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Robert Wood Johnson foundation

These programs continue the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s legacy of supporting the development and diversity of leaders. Initially focused on health and health care, the programs have been expanded, because we know that building a Culture of Health requires all of us in every sector, profession, and discipline working together.

For more than 40 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. It is working with others to build a national Culture of Health, enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

Partners are instrumental in developing and delivering curriculum, providing mentorship and coaching, and extending the network of fellows.