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Balamurali K. Ambati, Judd Cahoon; Rejuvenating Clinician-Scientist Training. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2014;55(3):1853-1855. doi: 10.1167/iovs.14-14167.
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Clinician-scientists are becoming increasingly rare in medicine as a whole, but especially in ophthalmology. There is a structural gap between MD-PhD training and K-series awards where interested candidates go through residency and fellowship without any structured research exposure or involvement. Furthermore, the success rate of the MD-PhD and K awards leaves much to be desired. The authors propose a redeployment of training resources to reconfigure residency and fellowship training programs for interested candidates with sufficient additional time for a credible research project, augmented salary, and sound mentoring. Opportunities for research training in nontraditional pathways to diversify skill sets and build interdisciplinary teams also would be a prime objective of this novel “Learn-and-Earn” approach.
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