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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.
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 #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
- Group #1: The pipeline for physician–investigators: Maintenance or opportunities for incremental growth in 2015
- Group #2: Highly effective mentoring of the young physician-investigator in the new era
- Group #3: Traditional and alternative funding support for physician-investigators
- Group #4: Fostering physician-investigator careers outside of the laboratory: Clinical, implementation, use of electronic medical records and “Big Data”
- Group #5: Institutional bridge support: How to maintain productive physician-investigators during funding lapses
- Group #6: Effective modes of collaboration between physician-investigators and the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry
- Group #7: Minority, gender and generational issues which affect the physician-investigator pipeline
- Group #8: Team science: How to evaluate individual contributions
- Group #9: The role of MSTP and ABIM Research pathways in fostering careers of physician-Investigators
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
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."
November 12-13, 2015
- U.S. Physician-Scientist Workforce in the 21st Century: Recommendations to Attract and Sustain the Pipeline
- APM Action Plan for Revitalizing the Nation's Physician-Scientist Workforce: Four Major Recommendations
- Are MD-PhD Programs Meeting Their Goals? An Analysis of Career Choices Made by Graduates of 24 MD-PhD Programs
- Rescuing the Physician-Scientist Workforce: The Time for Action is Now
- Physician-Scientist Workforce Working Group Report
- Rescuing US Biomedical Research from its Systemic Flaws
- Career Outcomes of the Graduates of the American Board of Internal Medicine Research Pathways, 1995-2007