I am assuming that you can be a professor and also practice medicine, right? Also, what are the Pros/Cons of a physician who runs a private practice by him/herself? --- I mean. Can you teach and run your own practice? If the business (practice) is very successful, then you will not only have a successful business (practice) and a great income from that but you will also have money from teaching to boot, am I correct? I also assume that if you practice is not doing very well then it does not matter because you are already being paid by the university so its not like you are going to go bankrupt. Right? I have a feeling I am either correct or just total wrong, so that is why I am posting this. I was told that if you are an academic physician then you do not get paid a lot as opposed to if you just ran a successful practice. So, I am looking for some clarification. --- Since I am at the risk of sounding materialistic I will ask one last question. What does being an academic physician entail? What does this person do day to day. Is this professor required to do research, and write publications/grants, and stuff? Just curious.