Dr. John Scott received his MD and PhD in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Duke University Medical School, after which he completed family medicine residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina. He was in private practice in rural Arkansas for 21 years, and during that time served as a clinical professor of family medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He participated in practice-based research through the ASPN network for many years.
He did a research fellowship in qualitative research at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 2000–2002. He was an assistant professor in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Family Medicine from 2002–2010, working with Benjamin Crabtree, who uses concepts of complexity science as a way to understand primary care practices as complex adaptive systems. He did qualitative and quantitative research as well as teaching residents and medical students.
In 2003, he received a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award to do research on doctor-patient healing relationships. He did long interviews with doctors and their patients about how healing relationships develop and are maintained. That research led to three publications.
He is in part-time practice at Corner Medical in Lyndonville, Vermont, a primary care practice owned by Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. He is working on a book about clinician-patient healing relationships and how to create healing environments in health care.