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Hospitalist Scholars Program

The Hospitalist Scholars Program requires a formal application and approval:

  1. Application indicates how funding would accelerate career development as a Hospitalist at Johns Hopkins HospitalProjects that are intended to help a faculty member transition to another position (such as a subspecialty fellowship program or a hospitalist position at another institution) are not eligible for funding.
  2. Application must identify a committed scholarly mentor.
  3. Approval is required from the Hospitalist Program director and the mentor.
  4. Approval will be based upon the likelihood of the funded work leading to promotion and/or external funding at Johns Hopkins.
    • Faculty who are planning to leave the Johns Hopkins Hospital Hospitalist Program (for fellowships or other positions) within 1 year of project completion are not eligible to use the funds.
    • Prior academic performance of the individual faculty member is considered in determining eligibility for use of funds for a newly proposed project.
  5. The applicant must be a member of the Division of Hospital Medicine and demonstrate appropriate clinical and administrative performance (including financial performance) and address this in the application. Faculty that are not a part of the Division of Hospital Medicine are ineligible to apply. All applications should include:
    • A report of work RVUs generated over the preceding 12 months, along with target RVUs (provided by the Division Administrator).
    • A statement related to being up-to-date on billings.
    • A report on the preceding 12 months’ of quality metrics for the individual hospitalist (available via the Hospitalist Dashboard Program).
    • If appropriate, a performance improvement plan for any clinical metrics that are lagging.
  6. Funding of protected time for the faculty member is discouraged and will only be considered if protected time is absolutely required to complete the project. Under no circumstances can the amount of protected time exceed 20%.​
    • Examples of acceptable proposals for funding protected time:
      • A research project that involves a commitment to spend 5 months outside of Baltimore over the course of a year.
      • A degree program that cannot be scheduled around the clinical schedule and cannot reasonably be conducted over a more extended time period.
    • Examples of unacceptable proposals for funding protected time:
      • A research project that will likely consume 400-600 hours of effort over the course of a fiscal year but will take place on-campus and can be completed during non-clinical hours.
      • A 3-month course that occurs during morning hours and would require that the hospitalist work evening shifts exclusively (rather than other clinical activities) during the 3-month period.
      • Even in instances in which protected time requests may be acceptable, the faculty member is encouraged to consider reducing his/her clinical time by other means (such as grant funding or dropping overall effort and salary to accommodate unpaid leave from clinical duties). 
      • Applications that include funding of protected time must be submitted by March 1 prior to the fiscal year in which the protected time will occur. Applications that do not include funding of protected time (ie, the majority of applications) will be considered on a rolling basis.
      • In general, the total amount of protected time for the hospitalist group that can be funded via the Hospitalist Scholars Program should not exceed 40% of an FTE during any fiscal year. (eg, 20% effort for 2 hospitalists or 10% effort for 4 hospitalists).  If acceptable proposals are submitted in accordance with the above guidelines that exceed this amount, adjudication will be based on (a) overall quality of proposals and likelihood of academic success of the project, (b) percent effort requested (preference given to lower percentage), (c) seniority of the hospitalist (preference to those with more years on faculty), (d) dollar amount of the individual faculty members’ Scholars accounts (preference to those who have more money accrued).
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