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Book and Media Reviews
September 7, 2011

The Physician Scientist's Career Guide

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical School for International Health, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel (markclar@bgu.ac.il).

JAMA. 2011;306(9):1002-1003. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1269

As a senior physician-scientist, had I known at the beginning of my career what I know now, my path would definitely have been easier. As I look back, even at those stages through which I sailed relatively unscathed (eg, the acquisition of tenure), it would have been nice to have known where Scylla and Charybdis lay and, even more so, that they even existed.

Mark J. Eisenberg, an accomplished physician-scientist, lays it out for all physicians who fancy themselves to be clinical scientists. Although the guide is directed toward the young physician just starting out in a research career, it offers sound and sensible advice for those at any stage in their careers.