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January 1996

Securing the Future

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of Rochester (NY) Medical Center; Rochester (NY) General Hospital Department of Pediatrics University of Rochester Medical Center; Strong Children's Research Center Department of Pediatrics University of Rochester Medical Center

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1996;150(1):15-16. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1996.02170260019002

WE ARE AT THE threshold of unprecedented scientific break-throughs that will result in our eventual understanding of the cause, prevention, and amelioration of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality during childhood. These breakthroughs will occur only if the pediatric research enterprise continues to thrive by training the next generation of pediatric scientists in the newest techniques of modern science and by continuing the financial support of scientists and of scientific investigation. Faced with the choices of accruing interest on already substantial medical student loans during several years of postresidency fellowship training or the immediate abatement of medical student loans through entering primary care pediatric practice, some young people, during or near the end of their residency training, may feel compelled to choose the financially expedient route of entering primary care to achieve an abatement of their loans. Thus, they may make profoundly important career decisions in large part or,