How is this program different from a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Primary Care Fellowship, RWJ Clinical Scholars program, or the VA Quality Scholars program?
The RWJ Primary Care Fellowship is limited to a focus on primary care and does not include a master’s in public health (MPH) degree from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (formerly CECS). It also encourages fellows to do research and development in primary care. In contrast, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency (DHLPMR) program offers the MPH degree and requires residents and fellows to develop a portfolio of experiences testing change and improving care in actual patient care settings. The RWJ Clinical Scholars program does not offer the Dartmouth MPH degree. Its primary focus is on research, whereas the focus of the DHLPMR program is on leading change and improvement in a teaching medical center environment. The VA Quality Scholars program is the most similar in that it does offer the master’s degree and also requires the completion of an intensive change project. Key differences that distinguish the two include: 1) the DHLPMR