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J Pediatr Surg. 2015 Jun;50(6):1049-52. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2015.03.037. Epub 2015 Mar 14.

What does it take to be a successful pediatric surgeon-scientist?

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1
Division of Pediatric, Thoracic and General Surgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.
2
Division of Pediatric Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
3
Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
4
Division of Pediatric, Thoracic and General Surgery, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO.
5
Division of Pediatric Surgery, The Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO.
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Division of Pediatric, Thoracic and General Surgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH. Electronic address: sundeep.keswani@cchmc.org.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The factors that contribute to success as a pediatric surgeon-scientist are not well defined. The purpose of this study is to define a group of NIH-funded pediatric surgeons, assess their academic productivity, and elucidate factors that have contributed to their success.

METHODS:

Pediatric surgeons were queried in the NIH report database to determine NIH funding awarded. Academic productivity was then assessed. An online survey was then targeted to NIH-funded pediatric surgeons.

RESULTS:

Since 1988, 83 pediatric surgeon-investigators have received major NIH funding. Currently, there are 37 pediatric surgeons with 43 NIH-sponsored awards. The mean h-index of this group of pediatric surgeons was 18 ± 1.1, mean number of publications (since 2001) was 21 ± 2.1, and both increase commensurate with academic rank. In response to the survey, 81% engaged in research during their surgical residency, and 48% were mentored by a pediatric surgeon-scientist. More than 60% of respondents had significant protected time and financial support. Factors felt to be most significant for academic success included mentorship, perseverance, and protected time.

CONCLUSIONS:

Mentorship, perseverance, institutional commitment to protected research time, and financial support are considered to be important to facilitate the successes of pediatric surgeon-scientists. These results will be useful to aspiring pediatric surgeon-scientists and departments wishing to develop a robust research program.

KEYWORDS:

NIH; Pediatric surgery; Success; Surgeon–scientist; h-index

PMID:
25840603
DOI:
10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2015.03.037
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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