Yes. It helps if you already have a pretty good research program going when you leave fellowship, or you join a group that has a good clinical research program/clinical trials division or you keep in touch w/ either your fellowship program or the nearest academic center and get on as an additional site/investigator for trials they are doing. Keep in mind that clinical trials need a lot of record keeping and you or your group will probably have to hire someone to keep the records and watch for protocol violations, esp if you have a large # of studies going on.Is this possible at all? Can a private practice oncologist accomplish any kind of clinical research while in private practice?
I forgot about US Onc. I don't have much experience w/ them directly, just with docs who are affiliated with them.I'm part of a large network- affiliated with US Oncology. Our practice does participate in clinical trials- only phase 2 and 3 studies. Majority is breast cancer, but some lung too. It is a significant commitment and not at all a money maker for our practice. We do it because we can offer a service for our patients and it keeps us intellectually fresh.
Having said that, most practices that I know do not participate in research- it detracts them from making more money.