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Can J Surg. 2009 Oct;52(5):401-6.

Strategic faculty recruitment increases research productivity within an academic university division.

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Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. stephen.chung@vch.ca

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Research is an important mandate for academic surgical divisions. However, there is widespread concern that the current health care climate is leading to a decline in research activity. A University of British Columbia (UBC) academic surgical division attempted to address this concern by strategically recruiting PhD research scientists to prioritize research and develop collaborative research programs. The objective of our study was to determine whether this strategy resulted in increased research productivity.

METHODS:

We reviewed the UBC Department of Surgery database to assess research funding obtained by the Division of General Surgery for the years 1994-2004. We searched MEDLINE for peer-reviewed publications by faculty members during this period.

RESULTS:

Research funding increased from a mean of Can$417,292 per year in the 5 years (1994/95-1998/99) before the recruitment of dedicated PhD scientists to a mean of Can$1.3 million per year in the 5 years following the recruitment strategy (1999/2000-2003/04; p = 0.012). Funding for the initial 5 years was Can$2.1 million, including 1 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant. Funding increased to Can$6.8 million, including 22 CIHR grants over the subsequent 5 years (p < 0.001). Collaborative research led to the awarding of multidisciplinary grants exceeding Can$4 million with divisional members as principle or coprinciple investigators. From 1994/05 to 1998/99, the total number of peer-reviewed publications was 116 (mean 23.2, standard deviation [SD] 7 per year), increasing to 144 from 1999/2000 to 2003/04 (mean 28.8, SD 13 per year). The trend was for publications in journals with higher impact factors in the latter 5-year period.

CONCLUSION:

Strategic recruitment resulted in increased and sustained research productivity. Interactions between research scientists and clinicians resulted in successful program grant funding support. These results have implications for sustaining the research mission within academic departments of surgery.

PMID:
19865575
PMCID:
PMC2769093
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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