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Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Jun 20. pii: ciz529. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciz529. [Epub ahead of print]

Improving the ID physician scientist workforce from the view of junior investigators: vision, transparency, and reproducibility.

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Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA.


Shortcomings in the current pipeline of infectious disease physician scientists are well documented. With a focus on the transition of early stage investigators to research independence, we outline challenges in existing training pathways for physician scientists. We urge leaders of infectious disease societies, divisions, and governmental and non-governmental funding organizations to reinvigorate a vision for nurturing trainees with interests in research, to seek transparency in physician scientist funding mechanisms, and to encourage efforts to improve the reproducibility of outcomes for talented junior investigators. We feel that the alternative to making these changes will lead to further drop-off in the physician scientist pipeline in a field that has a perpetual need for research.


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