Two nursing students and three physicians have joined Duke’s second cohort for the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP). The two nurse scholars among these interdisciplinary medical researchers coming to Duke are Rachele Lipsky, MSN, PMHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania), and Gillian Adynski, RN, PhD candidate (UNC - Chapel Hill).
The Duke NSCP is a partnership between the Durham VA Health Care System and the Duke University schools of Medicine and Nursing, and is administered by the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Duke is one of six locations of the National Clinician Scholars Program, a consortium of prestigious academic health care research institutions that provide training for doctors and post-doctoral nurses to become change agents for driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and health care. The others are the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, UCSF, the University of Michigan and Yale.
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 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.
The five scholars selected for this year’s cohort and their research interests are:
Gillian Adynski, PhD candidate, 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