Physician-scientists: vanishing?

Biomedical research needs practicing physicians -- understanding the issues that arise in the clinic is arguably one of the best ways to inform the work done in the lab. But recently, there is evidence to suggest the numbers of physician-scientists -- MDs who dedicate a significant amount of their time to medical research -- may be dwindling, argues researcher and hematologist linkurl:Andrew Schafer;http://www.med.cornell.edu/research/aischafer/biography.html of Weill Cornell Medical College and

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Feb 25, 2010
Biomedical research needs practicing physicians -- understanding the issues that arise in the clinic is arguably one of the best ways to inform the work done in the lab. But recently, there is evidence to suggest the numbers of physician-scientists -- MDs who dedicate a significant amount of their time to medical research -- may be dwindling, argues researcher and hematologist linkurl:Andrew Schafer;http://www.med.cornell.edu/research/aischafer/biography.html of Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
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Schafer expressed his concerns about this "disturbing" trend to The Scientist, described in a new book he edited, linkurl:The Vanishing Physician-Scientist?.;http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/cup_detail.taf?ti_id=5493 TS: We do not have statistics on the numbers of physician-scientists so what makes you think that their role in the biomedical research community may be changing? AS: There are several very disturbing trends that indicate that the career path of the physician-scientist...
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