Critical Gaps in Understanding the Clinician-Scientist Workforce: Results of an International Expert Meeting

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Clinician-scientists-health care professionals expert in research and clinical practice-can play a vital role in translating research outcomes to clinical practice. Concerns about the sustainability of the clinician-scientist workforce have been expressed in the literature for decades. Although many have made recommendations to increase the clinician-scientist workforce, there has been no substantial change. Therefore, an international expert meeting was held in March 2017 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, with the goal of discovering unidentified gaps in our understanding of challenges to the sustainability of the clinician-scientist workforce. Nineteen individuals (steering committee members; representatives from the AAMC, AFMC, and RCPSC; and physician-scientists, nurse-scientists, education scientists, deans, vice deans, undergraduate and postgraduate program directors, and a medical student) from Canada, the Netherlands, the United States, and Singapore participated in the meeting. The meeting identified 3 critical questions to be addressed: (1) What is the particular nature of the clinician-scientist role? (2) How are clinician-scientists to be recognized within the health and health research ecosystem? and (3) How can the value that clinician-scientists add to translational medicine and research be clarified to stakeholders and the public? The meeting participants identified a 3-fold agenda to address these questions: articulating the value proposition of clinician-scientists, supporting professionalization and professional identity development, and integrating clinical and research training. Addressing the 3 critical questions will likely contribute to a wider recognition of the value of clinician-scientists and be a first step in advancing from recommendations toward system-level changes to reinvigorate the clinician-scientist workforce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1448-1454
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


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