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August 1991

Priorities in Academic Pediatrics-Reply

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Division of Neonatology Research Laboratory TB 193 University of California, Davis Davis, CA 95616

Am J Dis Child. 1991;145(8):845. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1991.02160080019004

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In Reply.—The development of special academic series for faculty members heavily involved in patient care is becoming widespread in academic medical centers in this country. Faculty in such series must make creative contributions in the clinical arena, but the pressure on them is significantly reduced in recognition of their major time commitment to patient care. It is hoped that this will help alleviate the problem that Jacobs addresses. In this age of medical specialization and subspecialization, it has taken quite a while to recognize that faculty members also become more expert at one of the traditional academic modes of university service, ie, teaching, research, and public service, when clinical activities are a central part of these duties. Thus, it is becoming more and more rare in academic medicine for an individual to be excellent in all three roles. As the pendulum swings, let us hope that it swings far

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