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NIH Requests Input on Transition of Physician-Scientists

October 17, 2014—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Oct. 10 released a request for information (RFI) seeking public input on the “unique challenges faced by physician-scientists in transitioning to research independence, the possibility of modifying existing award programs to address these challenges, and the possibility of developing a career transition award program for physician-scientists.”

At its June 2014 meeting, the Physician Scientist Workforce Working Group’s (PSW-WG) recommended establishing a “new physician-scientist-specific granting mechanism to facilitate the transition from training to independence” similar to the K99/R00 program, or Pathway to Independence Award.

To inform NIH’s consideration of the PSW-WG recommendations, the RFI requests feedback on providing a longer period of research support for physician scientists, potentially lengthening the research project phase from three to five years, and enforcing protected time of at least 75 percent and providing sufficient salary support to make that possible.

NIH also is requesting input on how best to provide mentoring for new physician scientists and how these awards might overlap with other existing training and career development programs, such as the Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award and the Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award.

The AAMC plans to submit comments after seeking input from member institutions. Responses are due to NIH by Nov. 3.


Irena Tartakovsky, M.D.
Director, Constituent Engagement
Telephone: 202-862-6134


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