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Improving the Infectious Diseases Physician Scientist Workforce From the View of Junior Investigators: Vision, Transparency, and Reproducibility.

Authors
  • Collins, Jeffrey M1
  • Wallender, Erika K2
  • Woodworth, Michael H1
  • 1 Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia. , (Georgia)
  • 2 Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical Infectious Diseases
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Volume
70
Issue
1
Pages
162–168
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciz529
PMID: 31231765
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Shortcomings in the current pipeline of infectious disease physician scientists are well documented. With a focus on the transition of early stage investigators to research independence, we outline challenges in existing training pathways for physician scientists. We urge leaders of infectious disease societies, divisions, and governmental and nongovernmental funding organizations to reinvigorate a vision for nurturing trainees with interests in research, to seek transparency in physician scientist funding mechanisms, and to encourage efforts to improve the reproducibility of outcomes for talented junior investigators. We feel that the alternative to making these changes will lead to further drop-off in the physician scientist pipeline in a field that has a perpetual need for research. © The Author(s) 2019. Published by Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

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