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- Mar 14, 2002
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Children's Hospital in Boston sees patients from several states. Many sub-specialists work there, but less than half see patients; the others teach or do research
I feel this is an issue too. Do you feel we are over emphasizing the research aspect and demanding publications at the cost of patient care? My classmate who's finishing his heme/onc fellowship this year basically felt that he had to say he was interested in doing long term research during his interviews just to get a spot.
There are two separate issues (at least) here. One is whether all pedi fellowships should be three years and include a substantial research project. I think the answer should be "no", but the pediatric leadership does not agree.
The second is that of senior scientists who don't see patients, which is what the article was talking about I think. This is more reasonable. I know lots of folks with MDs who are primarily basic science researchers who eventually stopped (or nearly stopped) seeing patients. I think they have a right to that choice as it USUALLY occurs late in their career. For financial reasons it is uncommon for assistant profs to do this. They may be limited to 20% patient time, but rarely 0%.
Agreed 100%. I'm not a guy who would be happy doing primary care, so I'm kind of stuck. But not being forced to devote 2/3 of my fellowship to an activity I have no interest in doing ever again would be a huge plus. If I'd wanted to be a full-time researcher (which, let's be honest, is what peds fellowships are designed to produce), I would've gotten a PhD.Gotcha. I guess my feeling is that certain subspecialties might attract more interest if there wasn't such a huge push to do research and publish.
Agreed 100%. I'm not a guy who would be happy doing primary care, so I'm kind of stuck. But not being forced to devote 2/3 of my fellowship to an activity I have no interest in doing ever again would be a huge plus. If I'd wanted to be a full-time researcher (which, let's be honest, is what peds fellowships are designed to produce), I would've gotten a PhD.
On a related note, does anyone know how long the research emphasis in peds fellowships has been there, and why it was put in place?
Do 2nd or 3rd year peds specialist fellows qualify for this sort of repayment?
Has 20hr/week research requirement
Look at the University of Michigan faculty salaries:
Pediatric faculty salaries are in the 80k's, 20k less than the lowest paid pharmacist.
OBP, what is a "clinical second check"? just out of curiosity, I am leaning towards doing academics and would like to know what I'm in for .