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Third Consensus Conference on the Physician-Investigator Workforce

On November 12-13, 2015, AAIM convened a conference entitled “Re-examining the Physician Investigator Workforce: New and Evolving Areas of Research and Pathways to Success in Academic Institutions” and provided an opportunity for invited thought-leaders to discuss a series of critical topics which relate to the early identification of individuals with a potential for serious engagement in biomedical research and optimal mechanisms for developing the careers of these individuals. Discussions focused primarily on the career development of MD and MD-PhD PIs across the full spectrum of biomedical investigation from basic laboratory, clinical, outcomes, and implementation science. In addition to a series of ten breakout sessions, the Conference included five plenary presentations on key topics as a way to “level set” goals/background knowledge and to focus discussion during the breakout sessions. The end product of each breakout session is a series of recommendations targeted to the NIH and other funding agencies and to academic health leaders by which the PI workforce can be sustained and potentially expanded.

Conference Goal:

To assess the current environment in which academic medical centers develop the careers of PIs, and to seek innovative solutions (beyond federal funding) to overcome existing challenges so as to maintain and expand a vigorous workforce.

Plenary Presentations:

Plenary #1: Andrew I. Schafer, MD
Historical perspective: Physician Investigator Workforce—Then and Now


Plenary #2: Barry Coller, MD
New Challenges for Maintaining and Enhancing the Physician-Investigator Pipeline in 2015


Plenary #3: Victor J. Dzau, MD
The Changing National Landscape of Funding - National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Perspective


Plenary #4: Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD
The Evolving Definition of the Physician-Investigator


Plenary #5: Tadataka Yamada, MD
Avenues for Collaboration Between Industry/Foundations and Biotechnology with Academia

Conference Planning Committee:

Melvin Blanchard, MD
Nancy J. Brown, MD
Maria Garcia, MD
Mark W. Geraci, MD, Co Chair
Lucien J. Cardinal, MD
Kevin P. High, MD
Michael P. Madaio, MD
James D. Marsh, MD
Lauren McCullagh
Don C. Rockey, MD
Robert A. Salata, MD, Chair
Robert F. Todd, III, MD, PhD

Contact the AAIM Staff at (703) 341-4540 for more information.


"Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by NIH Grant #1R13TR001399-01 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government."