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Resident, Fellow, and Junior Faculty Committee

One of the core missions of APSA is to advocate for the entire spectrum of physician scientist training. Transitioning through the resident, fellow, and junior faculty career stages are the leakiest part of the physician scientist pipeline.

This group is faced with unique challenges such as pressures for clinical productivity, starting a lab/research portfolio in a challenging funding environment, competition with full time PhD scientists, and difficulties negotiating protected research time in part due to mal-aligned economic incentives from the clinical world.

This committee was created as a supportive community for physician-scientists at these stages of training and to help address obstacles they may be facing.

  • Webinar - 01/2020 on Scientist Careers/Roles in Industry and Biotech
  • View Webinar Recording
  • Research RVUs Project: Study to identify good practices for successful physician scientists at research institutions, e.g. How deans/dept heads incentivize research, where funds come from, outcomes on faculty retention, etc.
  • Prospective Longitudinal Study of Graduating Residents/Fellows and Jr Faculty: Evaluate factors that enabled graduating residents/fellows and Jr faculty to either maintain a position in research versus factors that lead to these individuals leaking out of pipeline
  • Annual Meeting 2020 Discussions: Current state of affairs on supporting early career physician scientists with speakers Kay Lund, PhD (NIH), Kirsten Domingo Bibbins, MD, PhD (UCSF), Sindy Escobar Alvarez, PhD (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), Robert Milner, PhD (UMass) (4/4/20). Dr. Milner will also lead a career development workshop geared towards residents, fellows, and jr. faculty (4/5/20).
  • Other topics planned for AM and regional meetings: Contract/salary negotiation, grant writing, billing and conflict negotiation, careers in academia, careers in industry/government

Jennifer M. Kwan, MD, PhD
APSA Board of Directors
Yale School of Medicine

Erin Wiedmeier, MD, MPH
APSA Resident/Fellow/Jr. Faculty Committee Co-Chair
Mayo Clinic