August 1990

IV. The Division Chief as a Developer of Research Programs in a Pediatric Division

Author Affiliations

LeBonheur Professor, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(8):895-897. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150320059028

Among the varied functions of clinical departments in a medical center, one of the most important is biomedical, behavioral, and other types of health-related research. The research productivity of a division within a clinical department depends on several factors, but paramount is the sense among faculty members that research endeavors are worthy of pursuit. While basic science and applied clinical research can be conducted by industry or basic science departments, the constant exposure to patients and their disorders provides a unique relevancy to the investigator within a clinical department. To develop a research program, an organized approach is a prerequisite.

RECRUITING AND RESEARCH FUNDING  To develop a research program, the appropriate recruit is essential. Requirements for the development of a successful program include ideas, money, time, space, and mentors. An individual's curriculum vitae and performance can serve as a guide, but there is no litmus test to know whether a

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