Centennial Scholars Program/Centennial Clinicians Program

The Centennial Scholars and Centennial Clinicians Programs are designed to support departments in hiring and developing diverse faculty from groups who experience health disparities in Wisconsin. Faculty diversity enhances the quality of education, clinical care and research at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Additionally, faculty from these communities serve as visible and available role models for students and trainees, especially those from underrepresented minority backgrounds. Diverse role models such as Centennial Scholars/Clinicians are absolutely vital if we are to prepare our students to be effective participants in the 21st Century healthcare workforce where they will face widely diverse people, cultures, and ideas in an environment that is becoming increasingly global. The Centennial Programs will encourage and facilitate the development of a research and educational network of faculty members across the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus for each scholar.

Structure of the Centennial Scholars/Clinicians Program

General Funding Guidelines:

The Centennial Scholar/Centennial Clinician’s department will receive $210,000 of financial support. For the Centennial Scholars, the support will generally be distributed as $70,000 per year for three years, however a different distribution schedule can be approved by the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development if requested by the department chair and the candidate. Funding will normally be distributed to the scholar’s department for salary support of their protected time, but may be used to support the scholar’s research or other scholarly activities with the mutual agreement of the department, the scholar, and the Centennial Programs (CP) Advisory Committee. If a scholar receives other development grants such as a K Award, funding may be preserved and used for other academic support.

Centennial Clinicians will generally receive $30,000 per year for seven years. Again, different distribution schedules can be approved by the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development if requested by the department chair and the candidate.  The funding may be used for salary support, faculty development opportunities or to support program development and evaluation of scholarly work that the faculty member will pursue.

Programmatic Structure:

The CS/CC Programs will have group meetings every two to three months. All scholars and clinicians will be required to attend these meetings. The Agenda for the meetings will be determined by the CP Advisory Committee. Scholars/Clinicians are encouraged to make suggestions about the topics for these meetings.

An annual review will be required for each Scholar/Clinician. Review by the CP Advisory Committee will be an opportunity for the scholar/clinician to discuss their career progress and  any barriers the faculty member is experiencing with regard to making progress in their career and their scholarly activity. The program’s leadership may terminate an award, after careful review and consideration if there are circumstances which warrant termination such as misallocation of funds.

Application Process:

  1. Eligible candidates must be enrolled during their first year on the faculty.
  2. Eligible candidates must be from a group that experiences health disparities in Wisconsin (based on how a candidate self-identifies their race and ethnicity on federal forms, such as the census).
  3. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for start dates of either July 1 or January 1 and are reviewed by the advisory committee on a semiannual basis.
  4. The candidate’s department chair will submit an application to csp@med.wisc.edu with identifying information, including:
    1. The Chair’s letter that includes:
      1. Name, department (division, if applicable), rank, date of hire.
      2. Eligibility (race and ethnicity).
      3. Branch of the program to which they are being nominated (Centennial Scholars or Centennial Clinicians).
      4. A brief summary of the candidate’s assigned responsibilities.
      5. Anticipated use of the funding. If the funding is used for purposes other than salary support, a budget and budget justification that is agreed upon by the Chair and the candidate must be submitted.
    2. A copy of the candidate’s CV must be included with the chair’s letter.
    3. Qualified candidates will be accepted into the program based on approval of the CP Advisory Committee and the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development.

Questions/more information:

Hector Valdivia, MD, PhD (Advisory Committee Co-Chair)
Christian Capitini, MD (Advisory Committee Co-Chair)
Meghan Gauger, Program Administrator