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NIH Physician Scientist and Diversity Working Groups Present Updates

December 13, 2013—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Physician Scientist Workforce (PSW) and Working Group on Diversity (WGD) Dec. 5 presented their progress updates to the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD).

The PSW’s co-chair, David Ginsburg, M.D., University of Michigan, reported that the data subcommittee will be using data from the relevant AAMC databases in examining current physician scientist workforce. The PSW workforce was established last summer to analyze the physician-scientist biomedical workforce and the consequences and impacts of funding policies on clinicians' decisions to engage in research.

The final draft report and recommendations for actions will be submitted by the group to ACD by June 2014.

The WGD also presented their status report.  Within the last year, three extramural grants have been announced: Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD), National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), and Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC), with BUILD and NRMN planning grants already being awarded. The diversity workgroup subcommittee presented its peer review progress report to the ACD.

The NIH ACD meeting webcast is available on the NIH website.


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Director, Science Policy
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