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October 1982

Attracting Future Investigators

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, New York.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(10):628-629. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790580022008

There is a pressing need to recruit scientific investigators to work in the area of otorhinolaryngology, head and neck medicine and surgery, and communicative disorders. This is an extremely large field that embraces such diverse areas as linguistics, oncology, and wound repair and acoustics. It is important to realize that no one institution can or will have strength in all areas. However, within the total discipline, there should be substantive scientific investigation in all of the areas that are cared for clinically.

The first question, which must be answered both for the entire field and specifically for each institution, is, What type of researchers are needed? They will usually be either basic scientists or clinical investigators. Many times, these arbitrary categories will become homogenized. The second question is, What areas of research are needed for the future? Each institution will have its own perceptions of the relative importance of future

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