IT HAS BEEN ALMOST 10 years since the viability of the clinician-scientist in ophthalmology was considered in an ARCHIVES editorial.1 At that time, Epstein opined that many departments of ophthalmology had turned away from supporting clinician-scientists. The economic imperative of increasing patient care activities to compensate for shrinking clinical reimbursements was a central reason, among the several, that he identified as contributing to this emerging phenomenon. Even though it was likely that health care economics would be increasingly fractious, he concluded by advising the aspiring clinician-scientist to pursue this choice of careers as it was not only needed, but would provide opportunities for personal satisfaction and achievement.
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