Young Physicians Receive Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowships


Elizabeth Patton, MD, fourth-year resident in obstetrics and gynecology, and Carley Riley, MD’04, WCAS’98, have received 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars fellowships. The young physicians are two of 27 recipients selected from more than 90 applicants.

Through the program they will conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners, and policy-makers in an effort to improve health and healthcare in the U.S. The scholars train in community-based participatory research, creating a two-way exchange that aims to improve health behaviors while bringing resources and greater visibility to the health issues within a particular community.

Patton, supported through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, begins her fellowship at the University of Michigan in July 2013.

As a scholar, Patton will work at the Ann Arbor Veteran Affairs gynecology clinic and in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the University of Michigan. She will also conduct clinical research as part of the University of Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Masters in Clinical Research degree.

“I’m looking forward to participating in the program because my other co-fellows will be from all different fields of medicine,” Patton said.

Riley, a fellow in pediatric critical care medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, will begin her fellowship at Yale University. After completing medical school at Feinberg, Riley earned a Master of Public Policy from UCLA and completed residency training in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Her interests lie in looking at resource allocations and outcomes and translations of research into policy.  

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