Frequently Asked Questions

What general principles guide the CSP at Michigan?

Can I get an academic degree?

What do I do each year as a Clinical Scholar?

Sounds like research is an important part of the fellowship. How do you support Clinical Scholars’ research projects?

What sorts of subjects do Clinical Scholars study?

The CSP is designed to support multidisciplinary research across a breadth of specialties and disciplines, including (but not limited to):

What is this “community-based participatory research” anyway?  And what does it have to do with the CSP?

Community-based participatory research, or CBPR, is a research method that involves the community in every stage of the research project.  We are fortunate at Michigan to be able to collaborate with a wide range of community partners, many located in Detroit or Flint.  Together with the School of Public Health we have one of the best-developed relationships between an academic institution and communities in the country.  All Clinical Scholars will learn the basics of CBPR through a series of workshops, seminars, and community visits; some Scholars will elect to use CBPR for their research projects.

I’ve heard that the CSP is for internists, with a sprinkling of pediatricians. Is that true?

We are happy to welcome internists and pediatricians into the group!  But we also welcome people from all specialties.  About two-thirds of the Clinical Scholars at Michigan have come from specialties other than internal medicine and pediatrics, and since the program first came into existence no fewer than 10 different clinical departments have hired a Clinical Scholar.

So, the short answer is that just as we welcome a wide range of research interests, we welcome clinicians from any clinical specialty.

When do people usually enroll in the CSP?

While most scholars enroll after the completion of their residency, most surgeons (though not all) enroll during the research years of their residency, often the 4th and 5th year. 

What are the differences between the Clinical Scholars Program and the Health and Society Scholars Program?

Both are fellowships funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The Clinical Scholars Program (CSP) is open only to physicians.  The Health and Society Scholars Program (HSSP) does accept some physicians, but most who enroll are non-physicians.  The HSSP focuses on population health; the CSP offers the option of studying population health as one of many potential areas of study.  The CSP offers a Master’s Degree as part of the core curriculum; the HSSP does not.  The University of Michigan is home to both a CSP and an HSSP, as well as yet a third RWJ-funded fellowship, the Scholars in Health Policy Research.  While these are three distinct programs, faculty and fellows from all three regularly interact. 

What do people who have completed the Clinical Scholars Program do once they leave the Program?

Over more than three decades the CSP has trained almost 1,000 physicians from varied disciplines.  Scholars from the University of Michigan and the other CSP sites have gone on to a variety of exciting careers, including:

What is it like to live in Ann Arbor?

Built on the banks of the Huron River and located 45 minutes west of downtown Detroit, Ann Arbor is a cultural mecca.  Not only is it home to one of the finest academic institutions and one of the premier health systems in the country, the University of Michigan, but it also offers a unique blend of city sophistication and small town charm.  Both ethnically diverse and culturally rich, Ann Arbor is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the United States.  For information on housing, recreation, education, and many additional resources, visit:

Is the Clinical Scholars Program offered anywhere else?

Yes, there are also CSP programs at the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University.