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J Adolesc Health. 2010 Feb;46(2):100-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.10.004.

Improving adolescent and young adult health - training the next generation of physician scientists in transdisciplinary research.

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  • 1Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA. jean.emans@childrens.harvard.edu

Abstract

To address the critical shortage of physician scientists in the field of adolescent medicine, a conference of academic leaders and representatives from foundations, National Institutes of Health, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the American Board of Pediatrics was convened to discuss training in transdisciplinary research, facilitators and barriers of successful career trajectories, models of training, and mentorship. The following eight recommendations were made to improve training and career development: incorporate more teaching and mentoring on adolescent health research in medical schools; explore opportunities and electives to enhance clinical and research training of residents in adolescent health; broaden educational goals for Adolescent Medicine fellowship research training and develop an intensive transdisciplinary research track; redesign the career pathway for the development of faculty physician scientists transitioning from fellowship to faculty positions; expand formal collaborations between Leadership Education in Adolescent Health/other Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Programs and federal, foundation, and institutional programs; develop research forums at national meetings and opportunities for critical feedback and mentoring across programs; educate Institutional Review Boards about special requirements for high quality adolescent health research; and address the trainee and faculty career development issues specific to women and minorities to enhance opportunities for academic success.

Copyright 2010 Society for Adolescent Medicine. All rights reserved.

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