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Administrative Supplements to Center P&F Programs to Support Emerging Physician Scientists

Septmeber 2019 Council

Lead Division/Office


Point(s) of Contact

James Hyde, Ph.D.

Executive Summary

There is growing concern that the number of MDs conducting clinical research in diabetes and related metabolic diseases is diminishing. Although NIDDK currently provides multiple opportunities to foster research careers in biomedical science, the success rate of MDs applying for and receiving an individual award after the completion of their clinical residency or fellowship is lower than that for PhDs completing a dedicated postdoctoral research fellowship. There is a need for additional avenues of support for emerging physician scientists. The existing Center programs supported by the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases (DDEMD) already have vigorous Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) programs. The proposed program is intended to allow emerging physician scientists to expand their clinical research experience and productivity to help them transition beyond their fellowship training to the next stage of their research careers as physician-scientists. The program would provide matching funds to the DDEMD Centers’ Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) Programs to co-support advanced research opportunities for exceptional emerging physician-scientists holding the MD (or equivalent) or MD/PhD, who are early in their clinical research careers and show great promise to develop into future independent researchers. Matching funds would support work within the scope of a Center-supported, patient-oriented clinical research P&F project.