Texas Health Resources Clinical Scholars Program

As one element of Southwestern Health Resources, the integrated clinical network formed by UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) and Texas Health Resources (THR), Texas Health Resources has established the Texas Health Resources Clinical Scholars Program to facilitate the recruitment of outstanding clinician researchers (internal and external) to the UT Southwestern faculty.

The work of THR Clinical Scholars will be expected to advance the effectiveness of UTSW and THR clinical research programs; increase the impact of the Southwestern Health Resources Population Health Research Center on the North Texas community; and enhance the delivery of health care.

THR Clinical Scholars will be asked to give periodic presentations to the THR Board of Trustees and/or the medical staff of THR facilities.

Essential Features

  • Internal early career candidates must have held a faculty appointment for less than three years.
  • All candidates must be eligible for appointment as an Assistant Professor or above at UT Southwestern upon the effective date of their appointment as a THR Clinical Scholar.
  • External candidates with more than three years of a faculty appointment and an established and successful career with regards to research productivity and independent funding may be considered.
  • Candidates with a medical degree are preferred, but candidates with other doctoral degrees who are qualified to direct programs promoting health care quality, patient safety, population health and/or health care management will also be considered.
  • Clinicians must also be eligible for a medical staff appointment at UT Southwestern or Texas Health Resources health systems, and they will devote 30 percent of their professional effort to clinical activities at University Health System and/or Texas Health Resources facilities.
  • Non-clinicians will devote 30 percent of their professional effort to Southwestern Health Resources programs promoting health care quality, patient safety, population health and/or health care management.

Available Support

The THR Clinical Scholars are eligible to receive up to $750,000 for research and salary support for three years. Under extraordinary circumstances, the Department Chair may request that a THR Clinical Scholar be extended for an additional one or two years of support. This additional support is subject to competitive review and to the availability of funds.

Nomination Process

Eligible candidates may contact a UT Southwestern Department Chair, Division Chief, or Center Director in their specialty to discuss their potential nomination for this program. See Department and Center specifics.

Selection Process

The THR Clinical Scholars Program committee, chaired by Dr. Eric Peterson, Vice Provost & Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Vice President for Health System Research, will review and select candidates, as well as evaluate each scholar’s progress annually. Particular attention will be paid to consistency in a scholar’s protected time for research, research infrastructure, and clinical/teaching responsibilities. Demonstrated progress in research is expected.

Instructions for Nomination

Nominations for the Texas Health Resources Clinical Scholars Program may be submitted electronically at any time and should consist of the following:

  • A letter from the nominating department chair or center director indicating:
    • How the candidate’s research will fit into the department’s current and planned research enterprise
    • The percent of the candidate’s time that will be protected for research for the duration of the award
    • The additional support the department is prepared to offer the candidate should an award be made
    • The space and research facilities that will be assigned to the candidate to support his or her research. The Chair must also state who will serve as the candidate’s research mentor and collaborators.
  • A budget and justification of requested support
  • Candidate’s curriculum vitae, including three top research publications
  • Candidate’s research statement – including a description of past research training, their committed research time, and their formal research plan (including: Background, Specific Aims, Methods, and Future Research Plans and Implications). (5 pages maximum)
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals with knowledge of the candidate’s research. Recommendations should include a description of the candidate’s research accomplishments and future promise.
  • Candidate publications – include up to three publications

Submit the above as an email attachment to the THR Clinical Scholars Program Committee Chair, Dr. Eric Peterson, OfficeoftheViceProvostforClinicalResearch@UTSouthwestern.edu.

Questions may also be directed to Dr. Peterson at the above email button.