Three physicians and two post-doctoral nurses will comprise the 2020-2022 cohort for Duke’s National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP). The cohort represents the second group of interdisciplinary medical researchers selected for the newly established Duke NCSP site.
Duke is one of six sites within the National Clinician Scholars Program, a consortium of prestigious academic health care research institutions which provides training for doctors and post-doctoral nurses as change agents for driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and health care. The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute serves as the administrative home for the program at Duke.
The five scholars selected for this year’s cohort and their research interests are:
- Gillian Adynski, PhD(c) RN – Investigating the role of nurses in building a strong global health workforce to provide high quality and cost-effective health services to populations around the world
- Melissa Burnside, MD, MHS – Investigating the role of racism and implicit bias on health care, medical education, and health policy
- Rachele Lipsky, MSN, PMHNP-BC – Investigating gene-environment interactions that increase one’s susceptibility to psychopathology, and identifying targeted pharmacotherapies to treat such illnesses
- Justine Seidenfeld, MD – Identifying and characterizing frequent users of the emergency department, and developing tools to better meet their complex health and health-related social needs in the emergency department setting
- Yuqi Zhang, MD – Studying the trends of rural/community hospital closures, the policies driving the phenomenon and its effects on access to surgical care
The Duke NCSP focuses on community-based research, health services research, health policy, and implementation science across a broad range of disciplines. Scholars will build expertise in these disciplines because of the critical role they play in both improving health care access, equity, quality, and outcomes and identifying and implementing effective health care policies
Nationally, the goal of the NCSP is to cultivate health equity, eliminate health disparities, invent new models of care, and achieve higher quality health care at a lower cost by training nurse and physician researchers who work as leaders and collaborators embedded in communities, healthcare systems, government, foundations, and think tanks in the United States and around the world.