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December 1971

The Role of the Basic Scientist

Author Affiliations

Departments of otolaryngology, physiology and biophysics University of Washington Seattle 98105

Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;94(6):485. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770070785001

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Abstract

CLEARLY, there are two ways in which research and the basic scientist may interact with a clinical program in otolaryngology. Classically, the basic scientist is provided space and an atmosphere in which he may do research related, at times tenuously, to problems of otolaryngology. The research performed then, in addition to providing needed knowledge for the field, brings some degree of prestige to the department. Under these circumstances, the relationship of research training to the clinical program is, in many instances—at best—fortuitous and, in some instances—at worst—the basic scientist is viewed as a "second-class citizen."

Alternatively, the basic scientist may play a more immediate role in the residency training program. This can be accomplished through the organization of teaching programs incorporating basic information within a clinical context, the active participation of the scientist in rounds and journal seminars, and the development of research programs derived less with the scientist in

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