U.S. physician-scientist workforce in the 21st century

Recommendations to attract and sustain the pipeline

Robert A. Salata, Mark W. Geraci, Don C. Rockey, Melvin Blanchard, Nancy J. Brown, Lucien J. Cardinal, Maria Garcia, Michael P. Madaio, James D. Marsh, Robert F. Todd

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Abstract

The U.S. physician-scientist (PS) workforce is invaluable to the nation's biomedical research effort. It is through biomedical research that certain diseases have been eliminated, cures for others have been discovered, and medical procedures and therapies that save lives have been developed. Yet, the U.S. PS workforce has both declined and aged over the last several years. The resulting decreased inflow and outflow to the PS pipeline renders the system vulnerable to collapsing suddenly as the senior workforce retires. In November 2015, the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine hosted a consensus conference on the PS workforce to address issues impacting academic medical schools, with input from early-career PSs based on their individual experiences and concerns. One of the goals of the conference was to identify current impediments in attracting and supporting PSs and to develop a new set of recommendations for sustaining the PS workforce in 2016 and beyond. This Perspective reports on the opportunities and factors identified at the conference and presents five recommendations designed to increase entry into the PS pipeline and nine recommendations designed to decrease attrition from the PS workflow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)565-573
Number of pages9
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume93
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Salata, R. A., Geraci, M. W., Rockey, D. C., Blanchard, M., Brown, N. J., Cardinal, L. J., ... Todd, R. F. (2018). U.S. physician-scientist workforce in the 21st century: Recommendations to attract and sustain the pipeline. Academic Medicine, 93(4), 565-573. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000001950

U.S. physician-scientist workforce in the 21st century : Recommendations to attract and sustain the pipeline. / Salata, Robert A.; Geraci, Mark W.; Rockey, Don C.; Blanchard, Melvin; Brown, Nancy J.; Cardinal, Lucien J.; Garcia, Maria; Madaio, Michael P.; Marsh, James D.; Todd, Robert F.

In: Academic Medicine, Vol. 93, No. 4, 01.04.2018, p. 565-573.

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Salata, RA, Geraci, MW, Rockey, DC, Blanchard, M, Brown, NJ, Cardinal, LJ, Garcia, M, Madaio, MP, Marsh, JD & Todd, RF 2018, 'U.S. physician-scientist workforce in the 21st century: Recommendations to attract and sustain the pipeline', Academic Medicine, vol. 93, no. 4, pp. 565-573. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000001950
Salata, Robert A. ; Geraci, Mark W. ; Rockey, Don C. ; Blanchard, Melvin ; Brown, Nancy J. ; Cardinal, Lucien J. ; Garcia, Maria ; Madaio, Michael P. ; Marsh, James D. ; Todd, Robert F. / U.S. physician-scientist workforce in the 21st century : Recommendations to attract and sustain the pipeline. In: Academic Medicine. 2018 ; Vol. 93, No. 4. pp. 565-573.
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