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UCLA Launches UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program

  UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program

The inaugural UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program Cohort 2016-18, early-career physicians and nurses with Dr. Brook, (back row from left), Drs. Jamal Nabhani, Andrew Wilson, Robert H. Brook, Kia Skrine Jeffers, Carl Berdahl, and Jason Ahn. (Front, from left): Drs. Brandon Yarns, Maria Yefimova, Angela Venegas-Murillo and Andrea Garcia. Photo: Victor Cartagena

On September 23, 2016, UCLA celebrated four decades of success in training clinicians to improve health and health services for local and national communities through the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Clinical Scholars Program and formally launched the new interprofessional UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) that succeeds it. The NCSP, made possible by support from numerous campus and community partners, including a lead $5-million gift from an anonymous philanthropist, is in its inaugural year of training early-career physicians and nurses through a highly customized, two-year program that places them directly in community settings to mitigate health disparities and address healthcare challenges in Southern California.

Dr. John C. Mazziotta (RES ’81, FEL ’83), vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and CEO of UCLA Health, served as emcee for the event, which included a symposium, an awards dinner with entertainment from Tony Galla and an alumni picnic the following day. UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block presented Dr. Robert H. Brook, professor of medicine and health services at UCLA and founding director of the RWJ Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA, with an award for his more than 40 years of service.

The evening also honored Dr. Stuart Gilman, director of Advanced Fellowships and Professional Development at the Veterans Affairs Office of Academic Affiliations; Loretta Jones, founder and CEO of Healthy African American Families; and Dr. Martin Shapiro (RES ’78), retired, former professor of medicine and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, for their roles in the RWJ Clinical Scholars Program legacy.

For more information, contact Laura Pescatore at: (310) 825-1288


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