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J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Jun 3;63(21):2199-208. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2014.03.011. Epub 2014 Apr 2.

Challenges facing early career academic cardiologists.

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1
Department of Medical Physiology and Department of Medicine/Cardiology Division, Texas A&M University Health Science Center-Baylor Scott & White Healthcare, Temple, Texas. Electronic address: CTong@medicine.tamhsc.edu.
2
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.
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Department of Medicine/Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.
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Heart Rhythm Program, Intermountain Medical Center, Murray, Utah.
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Department of Internal Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.
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Member Strategy and Career Development Department, American College of Cardiology, Washington, DC.
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Department of Internal Medicine/Cardiology Division and Harry S. Moss Heart Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.
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Department of Medicine/Cardiology Division, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California.
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Department of Physiology, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Department of Cardiology, Ochsner Clinical School-the University of Queensland School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Department of Medicine/Cardiology Division, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.
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Department of Medicine/Division of Cardiology, National Jewish Health, Denver, Colorado.
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Department of Medicine/Division of Cardiology, University of Utah Health Care, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Department of Medicine/Cardiovascular Section, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Department of Cardiology, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Abstract

Early career academic cardiologists currently face unprecedented challenges that threaten a highly valued career path. A team consisting of early career professionals and senior leadership members of American College of Cardiology completed this white paper to inform the cardiovascular medicine profession regarding the plight of early career cardiologists and to suggest possible solutions. This paper includes: 1) definition of categories of early career academic cardiologists; 2) general challenges to all categories and specific challenges to each category; 3) obstacles as identified by a survey of current early career members of the American College of Cardiology; 4) major reasons for the failure of physician-scientists to receive funding from National Institute of Health/National Heart Lung and Blood Institute career development grants; 5) potential solutions; and 6) a call to action with specific recommendations.

KEYWORDS:

academic medical center; clinician-educator; early career academic cardiologist; physician-scientist

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24703919
PMCID:
PMC4306449
DOI:
10.1016/j.jacc.2014.03.011
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