The Learning Health Systems (LHS) Scholar Program partners rehabilitation researchers with health system stakeholders for a 12-month period to prepare for research or a quality improvement project on a priority topic identified by the health system. Scholar activities during the year include: a) developing a relationship with health system stakeholders; b) developing an understanding of the context of the health system; c) identifying available data and addressing access issues; d) developing Learning Health System research competencies; and e) formulating a plan/proposal with the health system to address a system-identified priority. Each LHS Scholar is paired with a faculty mentor who offers guidance to the Scholar and health system as they begin to develop a plan to engage in LHS research/quality improvement. When the year-long scholar period ends, the Scholar and health system will be well-positioned to advance the work, for example, by seeking pilot funding through LeaRRn or other mechanisms.
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Want to know what it is like to be a LeaRRn LHS Scholar? Listen as Peter Coyle and Tracy Mroz discuss their experiences applying, successfully collaborating with health system partners, and working through unexpected challenges. They offer advice for those considering applying to the program, and reflect on how the experience will enrich their careers.