I wanted to respond to the commentary by Alpert and colleagues1 in the March 25, 2002, issue of the ARCHIVES.
About a year ago I was a practicing internist/geriatrician at a major academic medical center in New York City. I changed careers and am now a medical director in the pharmaceutical industry. The decision to move to industry was a difficult one, but one that I am very happy I ultimately made. Unfortunately, to some of my former coworkers in academia, I have become a pariah.