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Support of Emerging Physician Scientists to Develop Careers in Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases

May 2019 Council

Lead Division/Office

DEM

Point(s) of Contact

Carol Haft, Ph.D.

Executive Summary

Physician-scientists are an essential part of the biomedical workforce. Over the past decade, the number of MDs choosing research careers in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases has not kept pace with the need. One identified roadblock for emerging physician scientists is that they often have significantly less research experience and documentable productivity compared to PhDs at the same career stage, putting them at a disadvantage in successfully competing for career development grants.

The Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases (DDEMD) supports a variety of institutional and individual training and career development programs designed to recruit, train, and mentor outstanding individuals interested in tackling unanswered research questions within the DDEM’s scientific mission. Physician-scientists are an essential part of this biomedical workforce. However, our current efforts have not yielded a steady, sustainable pool of early stage researchers with MDs. As residency and fellowship training often provide limited time for research, many MDs interested in a career as a physician-scientist struggle to compete successfully for individual career development awards due to a lack of scientific publications and strong preliminary data.