The RWJ Clinical Scholars Program: How health services research and this alumna were helped from the fringe to the mainstream in general surgery

  • Julie Ann Sosa
    Reprint requests: Dr Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA, FACS, Department of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine, DUMC #2945, Durham, NC 27710.
    Section of Endocrine Surgery, and Department of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine; the Endocrine Neoplasia Diseases Group, Duke Cancer Institute and Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
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      When i started as a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Clinical Scholar at Johns Hopkins in 1996, I was a curiosity—in my residency program, and definitely in the world of academic general surgery. With a background in urban policy and labor economics, I was handicapped as an aspiring surgeon scientist, poorly equipped to conduct substantive basic science research and succeed in the world of academic surgery as it existed. It was “eccentric” to be interested in volume–outcomes associations and work with hospital administrators and MPHs on large, administrative datasets.
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