July 2002

Recruiting and Retaining Future Generations of Physician Scientists in Mental Health

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa (Drs Kupfer, Pincus, and Reynolds); National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Md (Dr Hyman); and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif(Dr Schatzberg).


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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002;59(7):657-660. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.59.7.657

The authors discuss 6 challenges facing the recruitment and retention of physician scientists as career mental health researchers. These challenges include (1) early identification and recruitment at the undergraduate and medical student level; (2) recruitment of a more diverse group of trainees;(3) safety nets for reducing attrition; (4) strategies to promote successful competition for K awards; (5) definition of appropriate roles and career development opportunities in multisite clinical trials; and (6) strategies for the mentoring"cost." A coalition of stakeholders—federal, academic, foundational, and in the pharmaceutical industry—is needed to meet these challenges.