Academic Innovations
August 27, 2003

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

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.

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