Nearly a quarter of a century ago, James Wyngaarden, MD, then director
of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), warned that physician-scientists
were becoming an endangered species (N Engl J Med.
1979;301:1254-1259). Since that time alarms have continued to sound about
this disappearing breed, and especially the clinical investigator.
To help reverse this disturbing trend, University of Pittsburgh School
of Medicine has launched the Clinical Scientist Training Program. This novel
initiative is aimed at enticing medical students to become physician-scientists
by exposing them to a smorgasbord of clinical research experiences and providing
mentoring and financial support to encourage their development.
Friedrich MJ. A Novel Program Seeks to Take Clinical Scientists Off the Endangered Species List. JAMA. 2003;290(8):1019–1020. doi:10.1001/jama.290.8.1019