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PM R. 2012 Dec;4(12):923-7. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2012.10.010.

Academic physiatry: vignettes of rewarding careers.

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Department of Veterans Affairs, Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA 98108, USA.


The need for more rehabilitation-oriented research has been well documented; however, there has been less discussion in the literature of the personal rewards for embarking on a physiatry career with a research component. To that end, this series of biographical vignettes highlights the inspiration, path, and rewards experienced by 7 academic physiatrists at various stages in their careers. As described, physiatric research can be enriching in many ways. Academic physiatrists work within a thoughtful and dynamic community, can affect health care policy and the clinical treatment of entire patient populations, have the chance to mentor a younger generation of physicians and scientists, and use creative means to continuously pursue ideas aimed at improving the care and quality of life of our patient population.

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