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Program Description:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at the University of Pennsylvania is designed to provide training in health policy and community-relevant research to outstanding physicians who are committed to improving health and health care in the U.S. The core of the training experience includes coursework and a thesis leading to a Masters of Science in Health Policy Research. The program includes didactic experiences in study design and analysis for both community and policy research, as well as training in leadership, communication, bioethics and multidisciplinary science. The participating faculty, including lecturers and individual scholar mentors, are drawn from across the University from the Schools of Medicine, Law, Social Policy and Practice, Education and Nursing, as well as the Wharton School and Annenberg School for Communication. Key clinical partners include the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. All scholars participate in clinical activities tailored towards their clinical interests.

Scholar research projects range from community-based research partnerships with primary data collection to large-scale health policy analysis using national administrative datasets. All research projects are guided by small teams of faculty mentors, with frequent opportunities for group feedback on research in progress. The program connects scholars with a strong network of faculty on the campus, community leaders from Philadelphia, and program alumni across the U.S. A multidisciplinary weekly seminar series and visiting speaker series help further link scholars to a diverse group of researchers and health care leaders. All scholars collaborate on a community-generated project at the start of the program and then individual organizational relationships with the nonprofit sector are facilitated by the program and help guide the scholar activities and professional development through the rest of the program. These organizational linkages help stimulate diverse training experiences for scholars both on and off the campus.


David A Asch, MD, MBA

David A Asch, MD, MBA (Co-Director)

David A Asch, MD, MBA is Director of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is Executive Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Innovation, a program that spans the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Perelman School of Medicine and aims to advance their missions through the disciplined  creation, evaluation, and implementation of change.  He is Co-Director of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program.

Dr. Asch’s research aims to understand and improve how physicians and patients make medical choices in clinical, financial, and ethically charged settings, including the adoption of new pharmaceuticals or medical technologies, the purchase of insurance, and personal health behaviors.  His research combines elements of economic analysis with moral and psychological theory and marketing.

He teaches health policy at the Wharton School and he practices internal medicine at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he created and from 2001 to 2012 directed the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion.  From 1998 to 2012 he was Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

 He was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

Judith Long, M. D.

Judith Long, M. D. (Co-Director)VA Liaison

Judith Long, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, as well as core faculty for the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion and a member of both the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism. Dr. Long trained in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholarship at Yale. Dr. Long’s research focuses on social determinants of health and health care especially as they pertain to socioeconomic and racial disparities. Dr. Long assesses these issues in the context of chronic disease, especially diabetes, using established measures to gauge disease specific medical outcomes. Among others things, recent research has focused on interventions to aimed at improving glucose control in low income and minority populations using peer mentors and financial incentives as well as evaluating delivery of care for patients with both diabetes and serious mental illness.

Traci Chupik, M.S. Ed.

Traci Chupik, M.S. Ed.

Traci Chupik, M.S. Ed. is the Administrative Director for the RWJF Clinical Scholars program and the Masters of Science in Health Policy Research program. Before joining the RWJF team, she worked in higher education administration and program management, both in Penn’s Department of Psychiatry and Arcadia University’s College of Global Studies.

Elliot Adler

Elliot Adler

Elliot Adler is the Administrative Coordinator of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and Masters of Science in Health Policy Research Program. Before joining the staff at Penn, he earned his degree in Marketing from Temple University. Previously he worked with Temple University's MBA Program.

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