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May 8, 2002

Careers in Translational Clinical Research—Historical Perspectives, Future Challenges

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.

JAMA. 2002;287(18):2424-2427. doi:10.1001/jama.287.18.2424

A recent survey reveals that only about 11% of medical school graduates plan careers that are exclusively or significantly devoted to research.1 This small but vital group of nearly 1600 graduates each year holds the future of medicine in its hands. Some are badly needed to replenish the ranks of patient-oriented translational clinical researchers, who apply findings derived in basic science to the development of new understanding of disease mechanisms, diagnostics, and therapeutics.

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