A collaborative agreement announced between the Veterans Affairs Department and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will have five senior healthcare researchers from the VA Office of Research & Development serving as mentors for junior members of the foundations Physician Faculty Scholars program.
Five junior physician researchers already selected for the offices career-development program will be eligible to participate in the foundations three-year Physician Faculty Scholars Program, a news release said.
Candidates for the program, who will be nominated by the deans of their respective universities, will be selected next March, and appointments will begin July 1, 2009.
The mentoring physicians, who will also be serving on a Physician Faculty Scholars national advisory committee, are: Steven Asch, M.D., with the VA Greater Los Angeles Health System; Leonard Egede, M.D., with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, S.C.; Seth Eisen, M.D., with the VA Research and Development Office, Washington; Mary Goldstein, M.D., with the VA Palo Alto (Calif.) Health Care System; and Laura Petersen, M.D., with the Houston Center for Quality of Care and Utilization Studies. -- by Andis Robeznieks