I read with interest the Commentary by Wolf and Weymuller,1 "Research Training in Otolaryngology," published in the November 2002 issue of the ARCHIVES.
I know the problem of recruitment, training, and career support of clinician scientists exists and I fully support everything written by the authors. There is, however, another aspect that needs to be addressed. Twenty to 40 years ago, it was substantially easier for an academic clinician to participate in research. Clinical loads were lighter and less time-consuming; administrative support was readily available; faculty salaries were not directly tied to clinic productivity; and clinic support staff and resident support staff were generally available to assist in clinical research. In addition, the research that was conducted and published was simpler and easier to perform.
Terence M. Davidson. Research Training in Otolaryngology. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003;129(12):1354–1355. doi:10.1001/archotol.129.12.1354-a