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Research Letter
January 16, 2018

Name and Characteristics of National Institutes of Health R01-Funded Pediatric Physician-ScientistsHope and Challenges for the Vanishing Pediatric Physician-Scientists

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • 3Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • 4Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • 5Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
JAMA Pediatr. Published online January 16, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.4947

Physician-scientists in general, and pediatric physician-scientists in particular, are vanishing.13 Rates of National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards to pediatric departments have declined from 23.8% to 16.8% during the past 10 years.4 Being granted an NIH independent investigator award (R01) is not only a means to support a physician-scientist’s research but also is a commonly required milestone for promotion. Details of R01-funded pediatric physician-scientists, including the number of R01 awards granted, individuals who are awarded an R01, and their institutions, subspecialties, academic rank, leadership status, and sex, are unknown.

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