Background: The gap between research and clinical practice can be bridged by strengthening the position of the clinician-researcher with appropriate research training and protected time for research.
Methods: A Dutch program combines vocational training in family medicine with research training. This article describes the scientific output of registrars following this combined program.
Results: Forty family physician registrars who undertook the combined program from 2000-2006 produced 138 publications in both international and national journals. Most of these registrars participated in scientific committees and expert groups in the field of family medicine.
Discussion: Combining vocational training with research training in general practice has proven to be feasible and has resulted in considerable scientific output and professional participation.