National Clinician Scholars at UCLA receive intensive training in the methods of creating health and health care change at community, practice and policy levels. The curriculum is based on a social, behavioral and community conceptual framework that combines didactic and experiential teaching methods, and inter-professional education. Scholars build on their own talents, as well as those of their mentors and diverse community partners, to become agents for improving health and health care.
Scholars spend their first year in intensive, community-based learning and project development, followed in subsequent years by advanced project completion and elective work. Scholars also learn health services research methods, including theory, study design and data analysis; fundamentals in health policy; biostatistics; scientific writing; implementation science; and the application of these skills to conduct original research and to change health policy. Additionally, guest speakers from major corporations, foundations, health care organizations, among many others, will provide Scholars with real world case examples of leadership in action and decision-making. Career coaching will also be provided. The Pathways to Leadership Seminar series also provides Scholars an opportunity to hear about the career path and the leadership training of local and national leaders. 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 that we have not seen before. In the past, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Dr. Robert Ross, Dr. Gerald Levey, Dr. Mitchell Katz, among others, have visited our scholars in this seminar consisting of mostly storytelling and Q&A.
Scholars participate in clinical practice at the UCLA Medical Center, Harbor UCLA Medical Center, the VA Hospitals at Sepulveda and West Los Angeles, or their affiliated community programs. Scholars may also collaborate with nationally recognized staff at RAND who work in areas ranging from health policy and national security to civil justice, public safety, education, child policy and science and technology. UCLA seeks applicants who are interested in coupling rigorous evaluation and research with efforts to enact community and policy change. Scholars may be paired with community partners for projects and/or clinical work to tackle real-world problems in real time to impact change and health improvement. Advanced elective experiences are available in supervised policy placements in Washington, D.C., and in the use of media to improve community health, building on the diverse media resources in Los Angeles.
At UCLA, partnerships include the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, UCLA School of Nursing, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Public Health, and Mental Health, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Cedar Sinai Health System, Charles R. Drew University, Healthy African American Families, Venice Family Clinic, Behavioral Health Services, MLK Community Hospital, Los Angeles Unified School District, among others (check out our Projects and Partners).