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NIH Forms New ACD Working Group to Examine Clinician-scientist Workforce

December 21, 2012—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), as part of its efforts to increase emphasis on continued assessment of the biomedical research workforce, formed a new working group that will study the optimal research training of clinical scientists. The AAMC Dec 18 hosted a webinar with NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Sally Rockey, Ph.D., regarding the implementation plans for the working group.

Dr. Rockey announced this new working group during her presentation of the implementation plans to address the biomedical research workforce at the Dec. 6 NIH ACD meeting [see Washington Highlights, Dec 14].

The NIH and its committee of external experts from the Biomedical Research Workforce working group had concluded that the issues around training and support of clinical scientists, including physician investigators, require special focus. The group is expected to make recommendations to the NIH and other stakeholders on how to develop and support a sustainable and diverse clinical research infrastructure and the workforce.

The group charge will include:

Analyzing the current composition and size of the clinician-scientist biomedical workforce;

Assessing present and future needs and career opportunities available to support clinician-scientist trainees; and

Identifying the incentives and barriers to clinicians entering and continuing to engage in scientific activities.

The working group is being co-chaired by ACD member David Ginsburg, M.D., professor of internal medicine and human genetics, University of Michigan; Sherry Mills, M.D., director, Office of Extramural Programs, NIH Office of Extramural Research; and, Susan B. Shurin, M.D., deputy director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The NIH has not yet named the other members of the working group.


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