Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Economic and Sustainable Infrastructure for Basic Scientists and Physician Researchers in Healthcare Networks

This will require a new process of partnerships between successful basic scientists and the physician who is committed to a synergistic relationship with the investigators in order to unravel the pathophysiology of disease. The failure of the part-time “MD trainee scientist” due to increasing clinical requirements to complete their fellowship, has only reinforced the impression that physicians no longer belong in the lab The K awards are meant to help answer this challenge but there are a dwindling number of basic science researchers willing to take on this challenge when their own funding is at risk . Critically, the number of senior physician researchers, to mentor these individuals is now markedly reduced and continues to shrink.

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