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NCSP mentor reflects on her time as scholar

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Charlene Wong

In 2019, Duke University became the newest site for the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP). Duke welcomed its first cohort in July. Among the Duke clinicians and researchers that are participating in the program as mentors--Charlene Wong, MD, MSHP, assistant professor of pediatrics, assistant professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, and member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI)--is a graduate of NCSP herself. Charlene reminisces about her time as a scholar and how her experience with NCSP has helped inform her current role as a mentor.

Charlene Wong, MD, MSHP

After completing her pediatric residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Charlene Wong, MD MSHP, joined the Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. With experience in population health research coming in, she focused her clinical scholars research on access to healthcare and the impact of health policy on adolescents and young adults.

Throughout her time as a scholar, Charlene said the people she met and connections she made were highly impactful to her career.

“The peer learning that took place within the group was among the most valuable learning experiences I’ve had,” she said. “It is wonderful to still have access to that network of peers in addition to the continued relationships with mentors, who were a critical and unique aspect of the Clinician Scholar experience.”

As a clinician scholar, Charlene worked with a team of mentors from various disciplines, including medicine, economics, and law. As a mentor for Duke’s NCSP site, she hopes to help build diverse mentorship teams for the scholars she supports.

“With multidisciplinary teams, scholars can think about the health issues they’re tackling from many lenses,” Charlene said.

One of the things Charlene has enjoyed most about establishing the NCSP site at Duke has been interacting with new colleagues. She said the team at Duke is deeply committed to creating a tailored experience for scholars, offering each individual attention from some of Duke’s most senior and impactful leaders.

“When I was in the program, I appreciated the way I was treated as an adult learner,” Charlene said. “At Duke, we have created a curriculum that is meant to acknowledge that everyone comes in with different experiences and ensures everyone gets exposure to the key tenets of health services research.”

This article originally appeared on the Duke CTSI website.