Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Early Career Physician Scientists are heading toward extinction

As seen by ~ 40% steady decline in number of K-08 grant applicants over 2005-2014 period, early career physician scientists who can do both basic-translation research and take care of patients are dwindling. Lack of institutional support, lack of ACGME support, increasing demands of clinical training, increasing compliance requirement, and disadvantaged position (i.e., significantly less preparation time and continued burden of patient care) when competing against pure PhDs combined to caused this steady decline. Without changes, very few, perhaps down to none would even attempt to be a physician scientist who conducts independent research.

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